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

Oil Field Row

Oil Field Row Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Chris Kneupper
1. Oil Field Row Marker

In the 1920s, the Hogg family built this row of cottages and the barn. Generations of cattle hands, workers, and property managers called these cottages home.

The Hogg family built these cottages in the midst of the oil boom to provide much-needed housing for a constantly-shifting group of workers and property managers. Hal and Mary Fields, who worked for the Hogg family, lived in the cottage to the far back. After this site became a museum, these buildings were converted to offices, visitors' centers, and staff residences.

Are these Slave Homes?
Sometimes people think these cottages are the old slave quarters. In fact, the foundations of the slave quarters are in a field on the other side of Varner Creek. They were much smaller than these cottages and made of brick.

The View From Old Field Row
The people who stayed in these cottages in the 1920s and 1930s had an excellent view of the booming West Columbia oil fields - but they were not all oil workers. The Hogg family leased their mineral rights to oil companies and stories suggest that oil field managers and the occasional group of roughnecks
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bunked here. The Hoggs also leased land for ranching under the direction of Hal Fields, the Hogg's head cattleman and land manager.

Did The Hoggs Stay Here?
The Hoggs visited here periodically. Will Hogg preferred to stay in one of the "bunkhouses" as he called them, because it was less formal than the big house. After she donated the plantation house as a museum, Ima Hogg asked that the cottage closest to the creek be reserved for her own use when visiting. Some locals still call it "Miss Ima's Cottage."
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1920.
Location. 29° 9.749′ N, 95° 38.457′ W. Marker is in West Columbia, Texas, in Brazoria County. Marker is at the intersection of North 13th Street and Hogg Ranch Road, on the left when traveling east on North 13th Street. The marker is at the Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Columbia TX 77486, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Sugar Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Slave Quarters (approx. ¼ mile away); Home of George B. McKinstry (approx. 0.9 miles away); Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Near Site of First Capitol of the Republic of Texas
Oil Field Row Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Chris Kneupper
2. Oil Field Row Marker
Marker in front of Visitors Center
(approx. 1.2 miles away); From Republic to Statehood (approx. 1.3 miles away); Religion in the New Capital (approx. 1.3 miles away); Stephen Fuller Austin (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Columbia.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2021, by Chris Kneupper of Brazoria, Texas. This page has been viewed 115 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 24, 2021, by Chris Kneupper of Brazoria, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 2, 2023