Gulf Coast
2010 Census - 1,152
2000 Census - 435
Rosharon, Texas
Rosharon Texas History:
The Rosharon area was occupied by cotton and sugar plantations prior to the Civil War. In 1859 the Columbia Tap Railroad completed a line and built a station which became known as Masterson’s Station after the nearest plantation. It was also unofficially called Buttermilk Station because a local resident sometimes treated the train crew to a bucket of buttermilk. Around 1900, George Wetmore Colles purchased property nearby and called his estate the Rose of Sharon Garden Ranch because of the abundance of Cherokee roses that grew in hedges. The town later shortened the ranch name to Rosharon when the post office was established in 1912. The post office opened, closed, reopened, and then closed for good in 1920. Tom Lockridge platted the townsite and moved a cotton gin to Rosharon. The gin’s engine provided enough power to provide limited electricity to the town. The South Texas Water Company built freshwater irrigation canals for rice cultivation in the 1930s. By the late 1980s, Rosharon had an estimated population of 500. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice operates four units nearby. Major industries are ranching and farming. Rosharon is located at the intersection of FM 521 and FM 1462, 7.5 miles east of the Brazos River, 33 miles south of Houston, 23 miles southwest of Pearland, 15.5 miles southwest of Alvin, 28 miles east of Needville, 33.5 miles north of Freeport, 26 miles north of Lake Jackson, and 14 miles north of Angleton, Texas.  
Historic Sandy Point Cemetery, Prior to 1845:
“Established prior to 1845, this county cemetery contains the graves of veterans of the 1836 Texas Revolution, veterans of the Civil War, and members of the Mier Expedition. Colonel B.F. Terry, organizer of Terry’s Texas Rangers, was formerly buried here.” The Texas Historical Marker is located on FM 521, approximately 3 miles north of Rosharon.

Annual Houston Rodeo Southwestern Trail Ride, West Columbia to Houston, Feb:  
This 100 mile ride was established in 1973. The ride begins in West Columbia, Texas. The 2015 trail ride began on Saturday, February 21, and had 250 riders and 9 wagons. Saturday activities included Circle Ride – Kid’s Fun Day. The group camped at 329 Ellis Lane, West Columbia. Sunday morning the wagon train turned left onto SH 35 and headed towards FM 521. Lunch was taken at 1440 SH 35 South. The group camped at the RV Ranch, 29028 FM 521, McBeth, Texas; total miles 10. On Monday, the group traveled 20 miles. They took FM 521 to Glendale Lake and stopped at the Heritage Rose Elementary school for a rest. They planned to camp in Arcola, Texas, but it rained, they would camp at SH 6 and FM 521. On Wednesday morning they turned left onto Post Oak Boulevard. They took a lunch break at Lula Belle Goodman Elementary School.  They spent the night at Tom Bass Park in Pearland at the feeder of Beltway 8, between Cullen Boulevard and SH 288. On Thursday they pulled out, did a U-turn on Beltway 8, and then rode towards Almeda School Road. Their lunch break was at SH52/Almeda Road and Fellows Road. They spent the night at the Post Oak Arena, 15253 South Post Oak Road, Houston. They rode 7 miles on Thursday. On Friday, they went to the City of Bellaire’s Evelyn’s Park Conservancy at 4400 Bellaire Boulevard. They lunched at Newcastle & Bissonett, and spent the night at Memorial Park (6501 Memorial Drive, 77007).  (281) 414-9134. (713) 419-0580. (832) 931-6572.
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.
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Upper Texas Gulf Coastal Region:
Bluewater Loop:  Follets Island at south tip of Galveston Island, Surfside
Brazoria Loop:  Clute, Richwood, Lake Jackson, Angleton, Bailey’s Prairie, Brazoria, east, up to Needville, Brazosport, Planter’s Point, Brazos Bend State Park, Manor Lake, Eagle’s Nest Lake, West Columbia, Varner-Hogg Plantation SHP
Coastal Plains Loop:  Clute, Richwood, Lake Jackson, Bailey’s Prairie, Oyster Creek, Brazoria NWR, Brazoria, San Bernard NWR, Chocolate Bayou
San Bernard Loop:  San Bernard NWR, Jones Creek, Freeport, Surfside, Quintana, Justin Hurst WMA
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Brazoria County Bird Checklist with Photos
Brazoria, San Bernard & Big Boggy NWR Bird Checklist, Angleton
Brazos Bend State Park Bird Checklist, Needville
Brazos Bend State Park Butterfly Checklist, Needville
Mosquito Information:
The months of April through October are the worst months for mosquitoes. Rub yourself with Bounce Fabric Softener sheets, or with Vicks Vapor Rub or pure Mexican Vanilla. Some swear taking a daily vitamin B-1 pill works to repel mosquitoes. Mosquitoes love you when you eat bananas. Mosquitoes are also attracted to some perfumes, including perfumed shampoos. Planting Marigolds in your yard repels mosquitoes. On a picnic table try covering the bottom of a white plate with “lemon fresh” dish wash soap, or use citronella candles. Home Depot sometimes sells the candles in small metal buckets. The ThermaCell Mosquito Repellant is also quite effective in ridding small outdoor areas of mosquitos. Dynatrap Company makes a large standing electric mosquito machine that works like electric bug zappers. It is very successful at making large areas mosquito free. When purchasing mosquito repellent buy those with the ingredient N, N-diethyl-M-toluamide. The fine net clothing available from Cabela’s and other sporting goods stores is highly effective in preventing mosquito bites. The Brazoria County Mosquito Districts provides surveillance and education programs. (979) 864-1532. 1500 East Kiber Street, Angleton, Texas 77515. 
Brazosport Birders Birding Club:
Meetings are held the 4th Monday of every month from September through May; there is no December Meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend. The meetings are held at 7pm at the Museum of Natural Science at the Center for Arts & Sciences, 400 College Boulevard, Clute, Texas.
Wake Nation Houston, Rosharon, TX:
This is one of only 10 wakeboarding parks in the nation. It is located on a 12 acre lake. They offer summer wakeboarding camps. They are open weekends during spring the break weeks in March, open weekends during April, and open daily, May through August. (281) 431-4444. They are located at 4411 CR 418, Rosharon, TX 77583. Email 
Brazos River:  
The Brazos River rises at the confluence of its Salt Fork and Double Mountain Fork near the eastern boundary of Stonewall County in the Texas Panhandle Plains Region. It flows 840 miles across Texas to its mouth on the Gulf of Mexico, two miles south of Freeport in Brazoria County. The two forks rise 150 miles above the confluence, thus forming a continuous 1,050 mile long watershed, making it the longest river in Texas. The Brazos has seven principal tributaries, including the Salt and Double Mountain forks. The others are the Clear Fork, the Bosque and Little rivers, Yegua Creek, and the Navasota River which joins the Brazos River six miles southwest of Navasota in southwestern Grimes County. In addition, there are fifteen sub tributaries within the watershed, the most important being the Leon River, a tributary of the Little River. Although the Brazos was well known to Spanish explorers and missionaries who described the Indians located along its banks, the first permanent settlements on the river were made by Anglo-Americans. John McFarland, one of the Old Three Hundred, founded San Felipe de Austin at the Atascosito Crossing of the Brazos. The town became the colonial capital of Texas. Velasco, the site of the first colonial resistance to Mexican authority, is located on the River as are Columbia and Washington-on-the-Brazos, two of the first seats of government of the Republic of Texas. Originally, the Brazos was navigable for 250 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the town of Washington. It was an important waterway before the Civil War, and efforts to improve it for navigation continued until the early twentieth century. Important cities in the Brazos watershed are Lubbock, Graham, Waco, Temple, Belton, Freeport and Galveston. Houston abuts the region along the Fort Bend and Brazoria County lines. The most important lakes on the Brazos River are Possum Kingdom Lake and Lake Whitney. Fish Stocking History  
Brazos Bend State Park Information:
This 5,000 acre park is located on a portion of the original land grant given to Stephen F. Austin’s original colony (the Old 300) by the Mexican government in 1827. The land was purchased in 1975-1976 and opened as a state park in 1984. The park is located on 3.2 miles of Brazos River frontage. Big Creek winds through the park. The creek is shaded by sycamore, cottonwood, and black willow trees. There are eight lakes, including Elm, Hale, 40 Acre Lake, Creekfield Lake, Old Horseshoe, and New Horseshoe Lakes. The park is No. 017 on the Brazoria Birding Loop of the Great Texas Central Coastal Birding Trail. More than 300 species of birds have been sighted. The Houston Museum of Natural Sciences’ George Observatory is located on the park grounds. The park offers gun hunting of white-tailed deer and feral hogs from assigned blinds. Other park activities include camping, picnicking, swimming, mountain and surfaced biking, hiking, horseback riding (bring your own horses), fishing and wildlife viewing. Park entrance and camping fees apply.For more complete park information, read the Park Brochure, watch the Park Video, and go to the Brazos Bend State Park Home Page. From SH 288 go west on FM 1462 and then turn north on FM 762. The route is marked with brown State Park signs. The park is located just east of Needville, Texas. The park is located at 21901 FM 762, Needville, Texas 77461.
Justin Hurst Wildlife Management Area Information, Jones Creek:
This 15,612 acre Wildlife Management Area is located on the Brazos River within a league of land deeded to Stephen F. Austin by the Mexican government in 1830. The tract was known as Peach Point Plantation. The portion of Peach Point Plantation that contains the Justin Hurst WMA was donated to Austin College by Mrs. Lucy Harvey. The property was later sold to a consortium of six major petro-chemical corporations. Development plans included construction of an offshore pumping station for oil tankers. However, plans were canceled due to the decline in the oil based economy. The Nature Conservancy eventually acquired the 8,580 acre tract. Between 1985 and 1987, TPWD purchased the land from the Nature Conservancy using funds from waterfowl stamp sales.An additional 1,627 acres were acquired as mitigation from the Brazos River Harbor District. The two WMA units include the Main Unit at Jones Creek and the Bryan Beach Unit located south of Freeport. Habitat consists of upland hardwood, prairie, and freshwater and saltwater marshes. The Live Oak Loop nature trail is ADA compliant. Activities include hunting, fishing, biking, hiking and wildlife viewing. Bring your own drinking water. Portions of the units are open year round, except during Special Permit hunts and scheduled tours. For more complete WMA information, go to the Justin Hurst WMA Home Page
Nannie M. Stringfellow Wildlife Management Area Information, Brazoria:
The 3,664 acre Wildlife Management Area consists primarily of coastal bottomland hardwood forest which is prone to frequent flooding by the San Bernard River. This WMA offers archery hunting of white-tailed deer and feral hogs by compartment. Baiting and use of ATVs or ORVs is permitted. Hunters may bring portable blinds. Camping and fires are prohibited. There are no restrooms; bring your own drinking water. The hunter check-in station is located 2 miles north of the intersection of CR 316 and FM 2611, or 3 miles south of the intersection of FM 521 and CR 316. The WMA is located 14 miles southwest of Lake Jackson, 5 miles south of Brazoria, and 7 miles southeast of Sweeny, Texas. For more complete WMA information, go to the Nannie M. Stringfellow WMA Home Page. From CR 316 in Lake Jackson turn left onto SH 332E and drive approximately 10 miles to Brazoria. In Brazoria turn left onto FM 521 (south) and drive approximately five miles to the intersection with CR 316 (Stratton Place Road). Turn left onto CR 316 and continue three miles to the WMA.(979) 798-8746.
Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge Information, Angleton:
The Brazoria, San Bernard and Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuges are part of the Texas Mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, a vital coastal wetlands complex which is located at the end point of the Central Flyway for waterfowl in winter, and an entry point for neo-tropical migratory songbirds from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.Located on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, the salt and fresh water marshes, coastal prairies, and bottomland forests provide abundant habitat for fish, birds, alligators and other wildlife. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded in the Complex.The 43,388 acre Brazoria NWR was established in 1966. It is partially located on Chocolate Bay and is #108 on the Coastal Plains Birding Loop. Its proximity to Freeport helps Freeport have one of the highest Audubon Christmas bird counts in the nation. The 3 mile CR 227 entrance road passes through bluestem prairie terrain and offers opportunities for roadside viewing of wildflowers, birds and other wildlife. Please do not access the private land on either side of the road. In winter more than 100,000 snow geese, Canadian geese, pintails, northern shovelers, teal, gadwall, American wigeon and mottled ducks fill the ponds and sloughs. Sandhill cranes also winter here. During the summer, white ibis, roseate spoonbill, mottled duck, white-tailed kite, clapper rail, horned lark, seaside sparrow, black skimmer, scissor-tailed flycatchers, ten species of herons and egrets nest at the refuge. Alligators can be viewed on Big Slough and in refuge ponds. The Christmas Point and the Middle Bayou Waterfowl Hunting Areas are available for use during waterfowl hunting season. These two sites offer good duck and goose hunting. The 4,000 acre Christmas Point Area is located southeast of the Intracoastal Waterway and is accessible is by boat only. The 1,500 acre Middle Bayou Hunting Area has boat and walk in access. The regular waterfowl season runs from late October through mid-January. The NWR is located near Angleton, Texas. For more complete NWR information, go to the Brazoria NWR Home Page. From Angleton at the intersection of SH 288 and FM 523, take FM 523 to the FM 2004 intersection. Continue on 523 for 5.5 miles to CR 227. Turn left on 227, and proceed to the refuge entrance; the refuge office is located in a Demi-john about 3 miles east of the entrance. Facilities Map 
Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge Information, Brazoria:
The Brazoria, San Bernard and Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuges are part of the Texas Mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, a vital coastal wetlands complex which is located at the end point of the Central Flyway for waterfowl in winter, and an entry point for neo-tropical migratory songbirds from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.Located on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, the salt and fresh water marshes, coastal prairies, and bottomland forests provide abundant habitat for fish, birds, alligators and other wildlife. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded in the Complex.The 4,526 acre Big Boggy refuge was established in 1983 with the primary purpose of serving as a salt marsh sanctuary for birds, thus the refuge is only open for public waterfowl hunting season, and for special activities and tours. Volunteer positions are available. Big Boggy’s Dressing Point Island is one of the most important and prominent bird rookeries on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, and like the Brazoria and San Bernard NWR's, Big Boggy’s coastal wetlands attract resident birds, neotropical migratory birds, wintering waterfowl, and resident wildlife. The Big Boggy Refuge is #2 on the Matagorda Birding Loop. It is located between Matagorda and Sargent, Texas. For more NWR information, go to the Big Boggy NWR Home Page. From Brazoria, drive west on FM 521 to Chinquapin Road (CR 262); turn south (left), and drive to Big Boggy NWR. The refuge borders Matagorda Bay.
San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge Information, Lake Jackson & Angleton:
The Brazoria, San Bernard and Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuges are part of the Texas Mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, a vital coastal wetlands complex which is located at the end point of the Central Flyway for waterfowl in winter, and an entry point for neo-tropical migratory songbirds from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.Located on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, the salt and fresh water marshes, coastal prairies, and bottomland forests provide abundant habitat for fish, birds, alligators and other wildlife. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded in the Complex.The Intracoastal Waterway is located on the southeastern edge of the San Bernard Refuge, and the San Bernard River winds through the northeastern section of the refuge. Units include Hudson Woods, Betty Brown, Dow Woods, Halls Bayou and Buffalo Creek. Call for information regarding the Halls Bayou and Buffalo Creek Units. San Bernard activities include hiking, auto tours, wildlife observation, and fishing. Bicyclists are welcome on all roads open to public auto traffic. Wildlife species include alligators, bobcats, and other animals. Texas’ Champion Live Oak is located on the San Bernard Oak Trail. Geese, duck and coot hunting is available. Volunteer positions are available. The refuge is open daily, sunrise to sunset. The NWR units are located near Lake Jackson and Angleton, Texas. For more complete NWR information, go to the San Bernard NWR Home Page. Location Map 
Learn to Camp at Texas Parks & Wildlife State Parks' Outdoor Family Camping Workshops:
Theseworkshops are family camping sessions designed to teach camping skills to those who do not know how to camp; everything is provided from tent to broom. Gear includes a coffee pot, dishes, cooking pots, a camp stove, a battery operated fan and lantern, air mattresses, and a tent. Basic skills taught include pitching a tent, making a campfire, cooking on a propane camp stove, geocaching and using a GPS. Wildlife viewing, fishing and kayaking are available depending on the park and its facilities. After making reservations, families will be sent a packet of information which includes a grocery list. Those interested in this program may sign up for E-Mail Updates on Currently Scheduled Workshops. (512) 389-8903. Calendar
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences. 
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