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Friendswood in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Main Street Fig Orchards

Early 1900s

 
 
Main Street Fig Orchards Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, October 18, 2016
1. Main Street Fig Orchards Marker
Inscription. Beginning about 1910 figs were grown on thousands of acres in a nine-county area 150 miles along the Gulf Coast from Winnie to Bay City and 50 miles inland. That included Friendswood where fig orchards, 5 acres to 500 acres lined the main street and occupied large tracts of adjacent acreage. The area that is now Stevenson Park was formerly Vincent Stevenson's home and home site and fig orchard.

This present day 900 block of S. FM 518 was the site of of a typical main street orchard. It was owned by Quakers Edie and Zue Stevenson Bales. The entire block back to the creek was the Bales and Glines family farm into the 1940s, and the whole family, including grandchildren helped with the orchard work.
 
Erected 2012 by Friendswood Historical Society.
 
Location. 29° 31.376′ N, 95° 11.581′ W. Marker is in Friendswood, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on South Friendswood Drive (County Route 518) south of East Castlewood Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 907 S Friendswood Dr, Friendswood TX 77546, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Fig Industry In Friendswood (approx. 0.2 miles away); Friends Church Cemetery
Copied from the Main Street Fig Orchards Marker image. Click for full size.
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2. Copied from the Main Street Fig Orchards Marker
(approx. half a mile away); Friendswood (approx. half a mile away); Quaker Academy (approx. 0.6 miles away); Oldest Structure Remaining (approx. 0.6 miles away); Friendswood Postal Service (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Business (approx. 0.6 miles away); Cecil and Frances Brown House (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Friendswood.
 
Categories. AgricultureSettlements & Settlers
 
Main Street Fig Orchards Marker on the Left image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, October 18, 2016
3. Main Street Fig Orchards Marker on the Left
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 19, 2016.
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