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Needville, Texas
Needville Texas History:
Needville was established in approximately 1891 by German immigrant August Schendel who purchased 160 acres of land from the H & TC Railroad and built a home, cotton gin and a store. H named his settlement Schendelville. When applying for a post office in 1894, he changed the name to Needmore as a joke, since the area needed more of everything. That name was taken so the post office changed the name to Needville. In 1898, Schendel platted a town and began selling lots. The Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway built a line through the town in 1918. In the 1980s, the rail service was discontinued and the tracks removed. Needville incorporated in 1944. The Albert George Library opened in 1974. Needville is a large cotton growing area. Needville is located at the intersections of FM 1236, FM 360, and SH 36, 45 miles northeast of Bay City, 38 miles northeast of El Campo, 25 miles northeast of Wharton, 40 miles southeast of Eagle Lake, 44 miles southwest of Houston, 15 miles southwest of Richmond, 22 miles northwest of West Columbia, and 35.5 miles northwest of Angleton, Texas.
Historic Town of Needville, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“Had beginning in 1892 when settler August Schendel opened general store here on his land. Blacksmith shop, cotton gin, and room for post office had been added by 1894, when Schendel was appointed first postmaster, He suggested naming place “Needmore” because it needed more of everything, but another town already had that name. Slowly village became trade center. First church service was held 1891; school opened 1897. Early economy, based on stock raising and farming, was altered radically with discovery of oil, natural gas, and sulphur, 1920s-1930s.” The marker is located on SH 36, 250 feet north of its junction with FM 1236.
Historic Needville Methodist Church, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“Originally the German Methodist Episcopal Church located north of Needville. In 1927 moved to Needville and built its present sanctuary. Until the 1930s, church services and records were in German. The name was changed in 1968.” The church is located at North and Church Streets. To view the church cemetery’s Texas Historical Marker go 1 mile southeast of Needville on SH 36, then 1.25 miles north on Needville-Fairchild Road to Padon Road.
Historic Cesinger Cemetery, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“320 acres of land purchased by Frederick and Anna Cesinger in 1891. In 1893, they deeded 160 acres to son, George. 1894, George’s 8 year old sister died; he set aside 1 acre for a family cemetery.” Go 2 miles south of Needville on SH 36, and then go 3 miles Northeast on Roesler Road to Zamanek Road.
Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site Information, West Columbia, TX: 
In 1902, Governor Hogg purchased land along Varner Creek from Martin Varner, a member of Stephen F. Austin’s Old Three Hundred colony who had established a sprawling plantation on the Brazos River in 1824. Though the Governor drilled several oil wells on the site, oil was not discovered on his property until 1920, 14 years after his death. In 1958, his daughter Ima Hogg donated 66 acres, including the two story Greek revival plantation house and the kitchen building, to the State of Texas. Guided tours of the 1835 house museum are available Tue-Sun, 9am, 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm. Reservations are not required for groups of less than 10 people. For larger groups, reservations must be made 2 weeks in advance. School tours are also available by reservation. The 1920s interpretive barn is open daily for self-guided tours. Come visit during the spring when the bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes are in full bloom. The park has a 0.5 acre pond. Activities include birding, picnicking, and historical interpretation. Annual events include Juneteenth Reunions, the San Jacinto Festival, and a Christmas Celebration held on the first weekend in December; Christmas tours are held throughout December. This historic site is available for family reunions, weddings and other events. For more park information read the Park Brochure and go to the Varner-Hogg Plantation SHS Home Page. 1702 N. 13th Street, West Columbia, Texas 77486.Fish Stocking History 
Albert George Branch Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, genealogy materials, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. The library has a Genealogy & Local History Room. It also offers free Hoopla Digital, a Netflix type service permitting members to download movies, e-books, music and other entertainment to their personal devices. Up to five may be downloaded each month either in the library or online. Open Mon, noon-8pm; Tue, 10am-8pm; Wed-Thu, 10am-6pm; Fri, noon-5pm; Sat, 9am-1pm; closed Sunday. (979) 793-4270. 9230 Gene Street. Email

Annual Houston Rodeo Southwest Trail Ride, Rosenberg to Houston, Feb:
This 120 mile ride was established in 1993. The ride begins in Rosenberg, Texas. The 2015 trail ride began on Saturday, February 21, and included 250 riders and 15 wagons. The ride left on Saturday from the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds at 4310 SH 36 South, Rosenberg, TX 77471. A morning break was taken on SH 36. Lunch was at Tejano Nights on SH 36. The night was spent at the Needville Fairgrounds at 13631, SH 36, Needville, 77461. On Sunday morning the ride continued on SH 36. Lunch was in Damon Texas, and the group overnighted at HL&P in West Columbia, Texas. On Monday morning the wagon train continued traveling south on SH 36 to SH 35. Lunch was held at the Bar X Ranch in Bailey Prairie, Texas. The night was spent at the Brazoria County Fairgrounds at 901 S. Downing Street, Angleton, Texas. The wagon train left on Tuesday morning for Sandy Point, Texas. A break was taken at the post office in Bonney, Texas. They overnighted at the Venus property in Sandy Point. On Wednesday they headed for Fresno, Texas. Lunch was at Ricky D’s Dance Club in Juliff, Texas. They overnighted on the SWTRA property in Houston. Thursday lunch was spent on the Harris County Line on FM 521 and Beltway 8 in Houston. They overnighted on the SWTRA property in Houston, for a total daily distance of 18 miles. On Friday, they left for Memorial Park in HoustonPark (6501 Memorial Drive, 77007). Lunch was spent on Westpark Drive behind Coco-Cola. (832) 665-6918. (713) 408-8400. (713) 402-8400.

Annual Holiday Express Train, Kansas City Southern Railroad, The Best Train Ever, Dec:
This is a fabulous Christmas train. I sincerely hope the Kansas City Southern Railroad does not cancel this annual Christmas train run. The Holiday Express was created in 2001 after volunteers dedicated over 8,000 hours to the rigorous transformation of the retired freight train. The train was built on the tradition of the former Gateway Western (GWWR) Santa Train, which made stops in small towns from East St. Louis, Ill. to Blue Springs, Mo. (GWWR was purchased by KCS in 1997.) In 2000, KCS employees noticed that the Santa Train was the only Christmas some kids had, and that some did not have essential items such as coats, hats and gloves. The employees were so touched that they committed to elevating the project to the experience that communities throughout KCSR's service area enjoy today."  The Holiday Express train distributes gift cards to the Salvation Army to provide warm clothing and other necessities for children in need at stops along the Holiday Express route. Donations are accepted. The six-car train with Santa Claus and his elves makes stops in 25 or more communities in seven U.S. states.  Access to the train is free and open to the public. Led by KCS’ Southern Belle business train, the Holiday Express train includes a smiling tank car “Rudy”; a flat car carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread box car; the elves’ workshop; the reindeer’s stable; and a little red caboose. New in 2010 was the addition of a G-gauge Holiday Express model train that will run around the flat car during Holiday Express stops. The route varies slightly each year. 2017 Holiday Express Schedule includes the Texas Cities of Victoria(on 24 November at U.S. Business 59 at Burroughsville Road), El Campo(Evans Park on 25 November at 112 East Monseratte Street), Beasley midway between Rosenberg and Kendleton(26 November at KCS Intermodal Shipper Facility), Beaumont(27 November at KCS Yard, 4095 South Martin Luther King Parkway), and Shreveport, Louisianaon 1 December at the KCS yard, 4500 North Lake Shore Drive, Gate 5, 71107. Shreveport, Louisiana is located 45 miles southeast of Jefferson, Texas, 42 miles east of Marshall, Texas, approximately 36 miles southeast of Uncertain and Karnack, Texas, and 22 miles slightly northeast of Waskom, Texas. Beasley, Texas is18 miles northeast of Wharton, 13 miles northeast of Hungerford, 11.5 miles southeast of East Bernard, 8 miles southwest of Rosenberg, 11.5 miles southwest of Richmond, 10 miles northwest of Needville, and 21.7 miles south of Fulshear, Texas.  (816) 983-1372. (816) 983-1668. 
All We Need Organics Farm:
The Roussel family farm raises and sells seasonal veggies and fruits, and free range eggs year round. Call Stacey Roussel for farm tours, internships or to volunteer. (713) 305-2005. The farm is located in Needville; call for directions. Email

Annual Needville Youth Fair, April:
Activities include the livestock show and judging, creative arts, a bake-off, pageants, a parade, a pet show, a BBQ cook-off, mutton bustin, and vendors. The fair is held at the Needville Fairgrounds at 13631, SH 36, Needville, 77461.  Contacts
Biannual Upper Gulf Coast Outdoor Expo, May and Fall:
This event features hunting and fishing equipment exhibits, and offers clinics and demonstrations. This event is sponsored and hosted by the Creekside Christian Fellowship at16628 SH 36. (979) 793-5800.
Biannual City Wide Garage Sale and Albert George Library Book Sale, Spring & Sept:
Look for the red and white garage sale signs at over 100 locations around town. The Book sale is held from 9am-12pm at the Albert George Branch Library at 9230 Gene Street. (979) 793-4253.

Annual Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo, End of Sept:
Activities include a parade, a carnival, food vendors, adult and youth vendors, live music, country dancing, a professional rodeo, bull riding and more. This is considered one of the largest county fairs in Texas with an annual attendance of over 200,000. (281) 342-6171. The fairgrounds are located at 4310 SH 36 South, Rosenberg, TX 77471. Email  Directions
Annual Needville Harvest Park Festival, October:
Activities include a BBQ cook-off, a carnival, Fun Run, talent show, live music, food and merchandise vendors, a little miss and a queen’s contest, cow pie bingo, and a raffle. The admission fee is $5 per person; children under 6 are free. (979) 793-4030.This event is held at Harvest Park at 3001 Violet Street, behind the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Creekside Farmer's Market: 
This seller’s only market sells fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods, honey, goat cheeses and milk, eggs, grass fed beef, chicken, and lamb, and other items. Open Thu, 4pm-7pm. (281) 844-6109. The market is located at the Creekside Christian Fellowship Church across from the Needville High School at 16628 SH 36.
Woodburners Barbeque:
(979) 793-3800. 15324 Marek Street. Reviews
The Jay Café:
They serve very good home cooked food including hamburgers, pies and other comfort foods. (979) 793-7900. The restaurant is located at 16634 SH 36, Needville. Reviews