“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Center Point in Kerr County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Mosty Brothers Nursery

Mosty Brothers Nursery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 26, 2020
1. Mosty Brothers Nursery Marker

A son of Belgian immigrants, Leander A. Mosty worked as a cattle driver and broker in Kansas before migrating to Kerr County in 1897. Sensing a market for fruit and pecan trees in the sparsely treed area, Mosty and his wife, Elizabeth (Bean), a Lampasas native, moved their family to a tract along the Guadalupe River, where the Kerrville orchards and Nursery, later known as Mosty Brothers Nursery, began in 1898. After being certified by the State of Texas in 1907, the Nursery expanded to Center Point the next year. Along with several ornamental shrubs, Mosty developed new varieties of Cling Peach, Freestone Peach, and Pecan trees, all of which bear the Mosty name.

After his death in 1917, Mosty's sons Lee and Harvey turned the business into one of the largest wholesale nurseries in the southwest with one of the region's largest greenhouses. In 1927, Lee Mosty built his family an eight-room house in the Center Point property's Pecan orchard. In the 1930s, Lee and Harvey helped organize the Texas Association of Nurserymen. They also provided native plants and landscape the Texas Centennial Central Exposition Grounds, now the Texas
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State Fair Grounds, in Dallas. After Lee's death in 1964, his sons Robert Lee, Raymond, and C.H. (Scott) continued to develop their business and support the Texas Horticulture industry. The Kerrville nursery closed in 1985, but Mosty family descendants, now in the fifth generation, continue to operate the Center Point location. One of the community's iconic businesses since 1908, the Nursery continues to contribute to the economy and culture of Center Point.
Marker is property of the State of Texas
Erected 2014 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17882.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureHorticulture & ForestryIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1897.
Location. 29° 56.462′ N, 99° 1.712′ W. Marker is in Center Point, Texas, in Kerr County. Marker is at the intersection of China Street (Farm to Market Road 1350) and Mosty Lane, on the right when traveling east on China Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Center Point TX 78010, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Center Point School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Center Point Christian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Center Point United Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Camp Verde, Texas
Mosty Brothers Nursery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 26, 2020
2. Mosty Brothers Nursery Marker
(approx. half a mile away); Center Point, Texas (approx. half a mile away); Woolls Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rising Star Lodge No. 429, A.F.& A.M (approx. 0.6 miles away); Site of Zanzenberg (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Center Point.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 5, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 180 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 5, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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