Historical Markers in
Fort Bend County, Texas

Albert and Ethel Herzstein Andrew Jackson Beard Beasley Booth Brown-Beard Cemetery Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado, First Railroad in Texas Calvary Episcopal Church Cartwright-McCrary House Cesinger Cemetery Charles Harvey Waddell Church Of The Living God, Pillar And Ground Of Truth City of Richmond Concord Cemetery Constantine W. Buckley Court Hardware Company Daniel Perry Dewalt Cemetery Dismounted Texas Cavalry Duke Community Early Courthouse Square Erastus ("Deaf") Smith First Baptist Church of Rosenberg Fort Bend Fort Bend County Courthouse Fort Bend County Jail Fort Bend Telephone Company Foster Community Fulshear Black Cemetery Fulshear Cemetery Hodge's Bend Cemetery Holy Rosary Catholic Parish Home of Thomas Barnett Hope Lutheran Church Imperial Prison Farm Cemetery Jane Long Boarding House John Foster John Foster Land Grant John McNabb Julius Edward Junker Kendleton Krasna Settlement Macario Garcia McNabb House Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar Missouri City Moore Home Morton Cemetery Morton Lodge No. 72, A. F. & A. M. Morton-McCloy House Mrs. Jane Herbert Wilkinson Long Needville Methodist Church Needville Methodist Church Cemetery Oak Hill Baptist Church Oak Hill Cemetery Paschal Paolo Borden Pittsville Pleasant Hill Cemetery Powell Point School Randolph Foster Randon & Pennington Grant of 1824 Robinowitz Brothers Rosenberg Rosenberg Cemetery Rosenberg Post Office Simonton School Site of the Home of Elizabeth Powell Site of the Home of Mirabeau B. Lamar Site of the Home of Randal Jones Site of Thompson's Ferry Snake Creek Cemetery and Church St. John Missionary Baptist Church St. John's United Methodist Church Stafford Municipal School District Stafford Plantation Stafford's Point Sugar Land Sugar Land Auditorium Sugar Land Independent School District No. 17 Taylor Ray Teague-Waddell House Terry v. Adams Texas Prison System Central State Farm Main Building The Darst-Yoder House The Fitzgerald and Fenn Families The John H. Pickens Davis House The McFarlane House The Peareson-Winston House The Sugar Land Refinery Thomas Jefferson Smith Town of Fulshear Town of Needville Trinity Lutheran Church Trone-Ray-Lane House Vogelsang Building Walter Moses Burton Williams Family Wyly Martin
The world's first rodeo was held in Pecos, Texas in 1883. The event included bronco riding, calf roping, and bull riding.
Fort Bend County, Texas has a rich and significant history that spans several centuries. The area was initially inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Karankawa and Akokisa tribes. European settlement began in the early 1820s, with the region becoming a part of Stephen F. Austin's colony. The county was officially established in 1837 and named after a blockhouse fort built along the Brazos River.

One pivotal event in the county's history was the arrival of sugar cane cultivation in the 1840s. Immigrants from Germany and other European countries brought their expertise in sugar production and established large sugar plantations in Fort Bend County. The growth of the sugar industry substantially impacted the county's economy and led to the arrival of enslaved African Americans, who provided labor on these plantations.

During the American Civil War, Fort Bend County remained primarily loyal to the Confederate cause. Many residents joined Confederate units and fought in several battles, such as the Battle of Palmito Ranch and the Battle of Pleasant Hill. Following the war, the county experienced a period of reconstruction and worked towards diversifying its agricultural production.

The 20th century brought further transformations, with the discovery of oil and gas in the county. The newfound oil industry spurred economic growth and development, as well as population growth. Fort Bend County also played a vital role in the civil rights movement, with several significant milestones, including the integration of public schools in 1963. Today, Fort Bend County is a thriving and diverse community, known for its rich history, strong economy, and cultural diversity.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Fort Bend County, Texas.

  • 1822: Stephen F. Austin grants land to his secretary, Samuel M. Williams, who establishes the Fort Bend settlement near present-day Richmond, Texas
  • 1824: Mexico establishes Fort Bend County as part of Austin's Colony
  • 1837: Fort Bend becomes an official county in the Republic of Texas
  • 1841: The new county courthouse is built in Richmond
  • 1856: Sugar production becomes a major industry in Fort Bend County
  • 1861: Fort Bend County residents support secession and the Confederacy during the Civil War
  • 1900: The first rail line, known as the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway, arrives in Fort Bend County
  • 1920: The discovery of oil leads to an economic boom in the county
  • 1941: Sugar Land Regional Airport opens to support military training during World War II
  • 1959: The town of Stafford is incorporated
  • 1990: Fort Bend County's population exceeds 200,000