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Richmond, the county seat of Fort Bend County, is on the Brazos River fifteen miles southwest of Houston. Commute to Houston is facilitated by I69 with travel to downtown usually about 40 minutes. Though Richmond still retains its older community friendliness it is a growing community as Sugar Land is reaching saturation. Families are discovering the joy of country living close to Houston and new master-planned communities like Aliana are creating providing exciting opportunities for excellent homes. A number of smaller subdivisions provide lower price alternatives. The shopping and entertainment opportunities are growing rapidly with a new outlet mall and movie theater. The I69 corridor is a rapidly growing business area.
Richmond has a rich history and played a significant role in Texas history. A log fort was built at the bend in the Brazos river and became known as Fort Bend. The community was evacuated in 1836 when Santa Anna marched through Southeast Texas pursuing Texian rebels after the Alamo fell. In 1837, the year after Texas won its independence the town of Richmond, named after Richmond, England, was established by Robert Eden Handy and his business partner, William Lusk. Shortly thereafter Fort Bend County was formed and Richmond became its seat of government. A number of residents played significant roles in Texas history, including: Erastus (Deaf) Smith, Jane Long, and Mirabeau B. Lamar. Richmond became a prosperous shipping and market center in 1855 when the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway extended its tracks into the town.
Historic points of interest in Richmond include the Morton Cemetery, the 1883 John Moore Home, the Long-Smith Cottage, the McFarlane Visitors Center, the historic county courthouse, many historic homes, a Confederate Museum, and the Fort Bend Historical Museum.
Richmond is served by Lamar Consolidated Independent School District and Fort Bend Independent School District.
- Elementary Schools: Austin, Long, McNeill, Pink, Seguin, Smith, and Velasquez
- Middle Schools: Wessendorff Middle School, Lamar Junior High School, Polly Ryon Middle School, Antoinette Reading Junior High School
- High Schools: George Ranch High School, and Lamar Consolidated High School
Other schools in the area are operated by the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District and neighboring Fort Bend Independent School District bear Richmond addresses, but do not serve the city of Richmond, including: Foster High School and Briscoe Junior High in LCISD and Travis High School and Bush High School in the FBISD.
The George Ranch Historial Park is a 20,000 acre working ranch that features historic homes, costumed interpreters and livestock. The ranch follows family lines beginning in 1824 and spans more than 100 years. Just 30 miles southwest of downtown Houston, the ranch provides a fascinating look into how people lived in Texas over the last 100 years.
Richmond, Texas website: http://richmondtx.gov/
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|Average value of the dwelling in which household lives||$195,005|
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School Name Phone Type Grades Rating Reading Jr High School 832-223-0000 Public 7-8 Briscoe Jr High School 832-223-4000 Public 7-8 James Bowie Middle School 281-327-6200 Public 6-8 David Crockett Middle School 281-634-6380 Public 6-8 Calvary Episcopal School Not Available Private PK-12 Depelchin-Richmond 281-342-4906 Public 1-8
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