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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thompson's Ferry Marker

I want to thank John Walker, member of the Fort Bend County Historical Commission, for sending me these items.  He scanned photos of the site where a corps of Santa Anna's army crossed the Brazos River in April 1836 and headed east to San Jacinto.  

What's ironic is they crossed the river heading west at a spot just a bit north of the cotton seed plant on Highway 90A between Richmond and Rosenberg.  In effect, they headed toward Rosenberg to get across the river!  Once they reached the west bank, they made an immediate right turn and headed north towards Fulshear, but turned east after crossing Jones Creek. They stayed north of Oyster Creek never crossing it.

The State of Texas put a granite monument near the east (Richmond) side of the ferry crossing, but the land it sits on is now private property.  Fort Bend County is in the process of relocating the marker by a public road, so it can be viewed by the public.

John's scans come from an Eye's of Texas Guide, published by Cordovan Publishers in 1977.  Click here to view a scan of the complete guide on John's Web site, "Life on the Brazos."