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Freeport in Brazoria County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Freeport National Bank

 

(Freeport Sulphur Company Building)

 
Freeport National Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, July 28, 2016
1. Freeport National Bank Marker
Inscription. The Freeport Sulphur Company was instrumental in the founding and early development of the city of Freeport and the region. It was incorporated on July 12, 1912, and then organized the Freeport Townsite Company with the purpose of developing a city on the west bank of the Brazos River. The city was designed to be free of wharf and dock charges to facilitate the importation of goods and supplies into the town, especially to the sulphur mines at Bryan Mound, and to expedite the exportation of sulphur to national and international markets.

In 1913 the Freeport National Bank constructed a one-story edifice with a built-in vault on land acquired from the Freeport Townsite Company. In 1918 the Freeport Sulphur Company purchased adjoining property, erected a new two-story building and added a second floor to the bank structure.

The Freeport National Bank remained in business until 1955, when the Freeport Sulphur Company bought the property and maintained offices here until 1973. This Classical Revival structure with brick corbelling, a flat roof, multiple bays, and flat arched windows reflects popular commercial building trends of the early 20th century.
 
Erected 1997 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9563.)
 
Location.
Freeport National Bank and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker
2. Freeport National Bank and Marker
28° 56.975′ N, 95° 20.787′ W. Marker is in Freeport, Texas, in Brazoria County. Marker is at the intersection of West Park Avenue and West Broad Street, on the right when traveling south on West Park Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 226 W Park Ave, Freeport TX 77541, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Quintana (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Lively (approx. 2.9 miles away); Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (approx. 3.7 miles away); Old Velasco, CSA (approx. 3.7 miles away); Velasco (approx. 3.7 miles away); Historical Jetties (approx. 3.7 miles away); Stringfellow Ranch (approx. 4.8 miles away); Battle of Jones Creek (approx. 7.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Freeport article in Handbook of Texas Online. (Submitted on July 30, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
2. Bryan Mound article in Handbook of Texas Online. (Submitted on July 30, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 30, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 139 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 30, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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