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County
Brazoria
Region
Gulf Coast
Population
2010 Census - 5,179
2000 Census - 3,046
Nearby
Towns
Manvel, Texas
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Manvel Texas History:
The first settlers in the area were the W.R. Booth family who settled on Chocolate Bayou in 1857. In 1877 the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway built a line through town on their route between Galveston and Arcola. In 1890 a townsite was established at the railroad stop. It was originally named Pamona, but another Texas town had the same name, so the town was renamed Manvel. The post office was established in 1892. By 1895 the town had a grocery store, a general store, a real estate agent, a physician, two telegraph agents and 350 residents. From 1895 to 1900, snow, a tornado the Great Storm destroyed area orchards and crops. The town’s population remained stable until oil was discovered in 1931, causing the town to become a rich oil producing community. In 1936 rice was introduced as a crop. Manvel reached its highest population in 1988 with a population of 4,441; the 1990 population was 3,733.
Manvel is located at the intersection of SH 6 (Morris Avenue) and FM 288, 8 miles northwest of Alvin, 11 miles southwest of Pearland, 42 miles southwest of La Port, 26 north of Angleton, 44 miles north of Freeport, 47.5 miles north of Surfside Beach, 37 miles northwest of Galveston, and 24.5 miles south of downtown Houston, Texas. 
 
Historic Hicks Dairy Farm, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“After the 1915 storm almost destroyed the Texas City dairy business of John Tobias Hicks (1878-1946) and his wife Fannie (Perry) (1877-1955), they bought this home and surrounding 40 acres in the Manvel community. They established a productive milk business that shipped milk by wagon to a Houston creamery, later called the Borden Company. Like other dairy farmers during times of low milk prices, Hicks depended on outside work, leaving his milk business to be managed by his family. Today, dairies are no longer part of Manvel's economy.”
 
Manvel Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon, Wed & Fri, 10am-6pm; Tue & Thu, 10am-8pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; closed Sunday(281) 489-7596. 20514-B SH 6. Email
 
Annual Brazoria County Fair, Livestock Show & Rodeo, October:
Activities include live entertainment, a carnival, a BBQ cook-off, a livestock show and rodeo, auctions, a parade, pageants, contests, a pet parade, tricycle races, a youth horseshow, commercial exhibits, live music, a science fair and more. (979) 849-6416. This event is held at the Brazoria County Fair Grounds. 901 S. Downing Street, Angleton, Texas.
 
Haak Vineyards and Winery:
The tasting room is open Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, noon-5pm. Hours may vary so call before arriving. (407) 925-1401. The winery is located at 6310 Avenue T, Santa Fe, TX. Santa Fe is located on SH 6, 6 miles northwest of Hitchcock, and 9 miles southeast of Alvin. Santa Fe Area Map 
 
Froberg's Vegetable Farm, 1936:
Kate and Fred Froberg raise strawberries, Satsuma oranges, persimmons, figs, and a large variety of vegetables; all are picked fresh daily. Some are “pick your own.” (281) 585-3531. From Alvin, take SH 6 towards Manvel. Go left on CR 149. Turn right at the stop sign for CR 190; they farm is on the right.
 
Manvel Seafood & Grill:
Good seafood and nice staff. (281) 692-1556. 19015 SH 6, Manvel 77511. Reviews