Richmond’s 175th Birthday Celebration, happening September 15, is gearing up to assure all who attend will have a day to remember, and sponsorships are still available.
“Anytime we celebrate history, we are becoming part of history, for what we are doing today is being recorded for those who follow us,” said Pat Hebert, member, Richmond’s 175th Birthday Committee.
There is so much history in Richmond, so many little details that people do not know, things about daily life of those who settled this land and built this town that are not in history books. Yet, at the 175th Celebration many of these tidbits of history will be shared, according to Rebecca Maitland, chair, Richmond’s 175th Birthday Committee.
For example, Peggy Mathis, parade coordinator, Richmond’s 175th Birthday Committee, “Many people do not know that people living in Richmond stayed in Richmond, their lives were here because they did not have transportation, like we have today.
There was a bridge across the Brazos River at Richmond for people traveling to Houston, but on August 3, 1893, it collapsed and went down, with almost 400 head of cattle, 30 horses, and two cow hands. When the two cowhands’ bodies were recovered, they were still astride of their dead horses, according to A. J. Sowell’s History of Fort Bend County.
“After this accident, most used the ferryboat across the Brazos River, then on the other side, either walked, rode in a horse-drawn wagon, or rode a horse. Traveling far from home was not really an option in the early days,” Mathis said.
Also, by the time kids were reaching their teenage years, they began looking at the limited population and considering who they would marry. With limited transportation, and not so many people moving into the area, those in the town were the ones they would usually marry. Today, people have choices from all over the world, but not so back then, Mathis said.
Also, at the event, compliments of the George Ranch, there will be a replica of the old fort that Stephen F. Austin and his men built in the bend of the Brazos River, which the county took its name, Fort Bend. There will also be walking historic tours, an old timey trolley for historical tours, Kidz Corner from the YMCA, a host of vendors, entertainment, gunfighters, and a number of surprises, Maitland said.
The day of the celebration will kick-off with a parade, with cowboys, antique cars, school marching bands, floats and more, according to Mathis.
The City of Richmond and Historic Richmond Association have partnered to bring this free event to the community, to celebrate the long, interesting and entertaining history of those who came before us, plus many fun activities for the whole family, so be sure not to miss this event, Maitland said.
“Sponsorships are available on four different levels, to allow all to participate comfortably, Sponsorships benefits include tickets to the VIP reception, name on marketing materials, media, and more,” Hebert said.
For more information, please visit www.historicrichmond.org or call 832.752.9645. Those interested in a vendor booth, please call 281-342-4114.