Sugar Land Will Reclaim Imperial Refinery Site That Helped Build the City

In Fort Bend County, Sugar cane commercial production started with William Stafford. He brought his familiarity of processing sugar cane juice into sugar from Louisiana. Settling on Oyster Creek (Stafford’s Point), Stafford raised a small amount of sugar cane producing a low-quality outcome.

Dick Dowling Statue

Interesting Facts about Dick Dowling and Related Historical Markers


Dick Dowling Day Memorial Commemoration -Dick Dowling Camp 1295 and the Jefferson County Historical Commission will present a memorial commemoration at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Dick Dowling statue at the Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site at 6100 Dick Dowling Road in Sabine Pass.


On Sept. 8, 1863, Confederate Lieutenant Dick Dowling and  his understrength artillery company repelled a 22-ship Union armada during the Civil War. The site, now a Texas Historical Commission property, was the site of Confederate Fort Griffin, a strong earthen artillery emplacement guarding where the Sabine River enters the Gulf of Mexico. The 58-acre site highlights the story of the Davis Guard thwarting an attempted Union invasion of Texas at Sabine Pass, a primary Texas port for Confederate shipments of supplies and vital to the war effort. In a battle lasting less than an hour, Dowling and his men disabled and captured two gunboats, resulting in significant casualties and the capture of nearly 350 prisoners. Because of their efforts, ports upstream in Port Arthur, Beaumont and Orange escaped capture and Union forces never penetrated the Texas interior.


During the Spanish American War, World War I and World War II, the area was also the site of a U.S. Army coastal artillery battery. Four historic munitions magazines are still on site. Grounds feature a stately bronze statue of Dowling by  Beaumont artist Herring Coe. Also on site are many state historical markers, a monument dedicated to the Union casualties, a reduced scale replica of Fort Griffin, the “Walking Beam” (a large part salvaged from the captured USS Clifton, an interpretive pavilion illustrating the story of the battle, a boat ramp and picnicking and fishing areas.


Bring a brown bag lunch and lawn chairs. Soft drinks and ice will be provided. For information, email Dick This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit Dick Dowling Camp #1295 Facebook page at

Texas Gulf Coast Region Map comprises 42 counties. Located on its outer perimeter are 624 coastal miles down to Mexico. It includes 11 barrier islands, including the largest two:  Mustang and Galveston bringing lots of visitors to the Texas Gulf Coast. At the widest geographic area of the Texas Gulf Coast Region Map is the inland city of Houston, with a  metropolitan population of over 6 million people.

Chase Untermeyer

When Things Went Right:  The Dawn of the Reagan-Bush Administration

as shared by Brazos County Historical Museum


Join the Brazoria County Historical Museum on Thursday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m. as it hosts author Chase Untermeyer who will discuss his book When Things Went Right: The Dawn of the Reagan-Bush Administration.


In January 1981 Chase Untermeyer began his service in Washington as executive assistant to Vice President Bush.  Untermeyer, who has kept a daily journal since the age of nine, captures the beginning of the Reagan-Bush era.  In his book, drawn from his personal journal, he reveals insightful accounts of what was going on behind the scenes in the Reagan and later the Bush administration. He includes insider’s view of how foreign policy was made, the beginning of conservative principles on domestic, political, and foreign affairs, and his personal interaction with diplomats from around the world. Untermeyer has written an insightful and informative book that provides us with an historical reference to a critical period in U.S history.

Corpus Christi-Port Aransas-Rockport-Houston - Texas Gulf Coast Holiday Guide

Bringing you several last-minute ideas for gifts if you live in or visiting Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, Rockport or Houston. We encourage you to support local Texas Gulf Coast manufacturers.