Near Richmond in Fort Bend County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Freeman Irby (F.I.) Booth came in 1885 to Richmond, where he met and wed Mildred Ryon Wheat in 1889. They purchased land and built a home here. In the 1890s, Booth brought 30 families from South Carolina to work the land, planting cotton, corn, and rice. These families built houses and the Mt. Zion Church, and the settlement grew. By the early 1900s, the town had a post office, sawmill, lumberyard and cane syrup mill, and the Booth public school operated from 1908 until 1947. The Gulf, Colorado, & Sante Fe Railroad served the town; local products included sugar cane and cattle. F.I. Booth died in 1931, and the town's economic focus gradually changed. Its early agricultural foundation is still remembered.
Erected 2003 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8970.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1885.
Location. 29° 31.804′ N, 95° 39.012′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Texas, in Fort Bend County. Marker is at the intersection Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond TX 77469, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Imperial Prison Farm Cemetery (approx. 5.2 miles away); Texas Prison System Central State Farm Main Building (approx. 5˝ miles away); Sugar Land Refinery (approx. 6.3 miles away); Sugar Land Independent School District No. 17 (approx. 6.6 miles away); Site of the Home of Mirabeau B. Lamar (approx. 6.9 miles away); Site of Fort Bend (approx. 6.9 miles away); Dismounted Texas Cavalry (approx. 7.1 miles away); City of Richmond (approx. 7.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Also see . . . Booth, Texas. Wikipedia (Submitted on October 22, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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