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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Thompsons Depot

The Fort Bend County Historical Commission recently launched a major project to create a database of historic structures in the county. It will take considerable time and effort, but it will be well worth the effort.

The general idea is to collect detailed information on each structure, relating to its architecture, history, and physical condition. This info will be critical to preserving our county's historic legacy, but it will also become a public resource available to anyone interested in local history.

The Thompsons Railroad Station is a prime example of what's being done. If you click the image below, you'll see a photo and accompanying information on The Portal to Texas History.
Thompsons Railroad Station in Thompsons, Texas c. 1965. (Portal to Texas History)

Historical Commission member Bruce Grethen photographed the station recently in it's current location on FM 359 between Highway 90A and the 'curve' at Pecan Grove.

Old Thompsons Railroad Station in new location on FM 359.
Local railroad historian, Ken Stavinoha, has told me this station is the oldest surviving railroad structure in the county.  I believe it was constructed on its original location (Thompsons) in 1888. This old station is a good example of why it is important to curate information for future generations.
Another view c. 1965. (Portal to Texas History)