The town of Waller, TX is located in Waller and Harris Counties on US Highway 290 about forty miles from Houston. Waller is a very historical community that was first started in 1884.
K.H. Faulker filed a plat during this year and named the town after Edwin Waller. A post office was soon built and a general store run by “Uncle Doc” Sanders also opened quickly. The first school was built by 1887 and had over 80 pupils before the end of its first school year.
The town continued to expand quickly and by 1897, 500 residents called it home. During this time a newspaper was in operation and a bank had been built to serve the residents. Farmers did well in the area and produced corn, cotton, as well as fruits and berries. The South Texas Baptist College was built in 1898 but was later severely damaged in the 1900 Galveston Hurricane and never reconstructed.
The town quickly recovered from this setback and telephone service was provided to the residents in 1912. A unique store was built in the town in 1918 and it was called “God’s Mercy Store.” Everything in the store was marked at cost and residents were allowed to pick whatever percentage over this price that they felt was fair. Surprisingly, this store did quite well and ran for many years.
The Houston and Texas Central Railroad built a stop in Waller and a livery stable followed during the early 1900’s. Previously, the town had no local transportation until Ed and Bob Robertson opened the stables. These two brothers later purchased the Ford Motor Company in Waller.
Waller was incorporated in 1947 and the first mayor, Jim Haney, was elected. The cotton gin, which had supported the town for many years closed in 1950, but this didn’t keep the town from growing.
By this time, 712 people were living in Waller and a new brick city hall was soon built. Much of the growth in Waller can be attributed to its proximity to Houston and its inclusion in the Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area. By 1980, the town had over 80 businesses, an airport, and many banks.
The town has continued to grow as more people from Houston sought refuge from hectic city life. By 2000, there were over 2,092 residents living in Waller. Agriculture is still a mainstay of the community and local farmers and ranchers produce peanuts, watermelon, corn, vegetables, dairy and longhorn cattle as well as swine.
If you’re looking for an apartment that is close to Houston, but located in a quiet community, Waller is an excellent choice. Many commuters have selected Waller due to its lower taxes, nice people and peaceful atmosphere as well as its location.
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