Marker dedicated July 5, 1987
Location: Block East Calhoun, Rice, Texas 75155
Photo by Dana Stubbs
Settlers began arriving at this
site in the late 1860s, mostly from the nearby settlement of Porter's
Bluff, which had been devastated by a flood in 1866. By 1872, the
Houston and Texas Central Railroad, which bypassed Porter's Bluff, was
routed through this site. One of the railroad's principal
investors, Houston businessman William Marsh Rice (1816 - 1900), donated
five hundred acres of land for a station and a town-site, which was
named in his honor. The Rice post office was established in 1872.
Cotton was the main crop of the
area, and accounted for much of the community's business interests.
One of the first Businesses in Rice was a cotton gin, and the Rice
railroad station was a major cotton shipping point. A train
carrying Spanish-American war recruits came through the station in 1898,
and the Liberty Bell passed through on a World War I Liberty Bond
Early settlers of Rice included
Isaac Sessions, who arrived in 1846; Texas Revolutionary War veteran
Joseph Calloway Bartlett, who was Rice's first postmaster: and many
civil war veterans. The community's first school opened in 1875.
Citizens voted to incorporate the city in a December 1912 election.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986
The text of the historical markers
have been posted here with the permission of the Texas Historical Commission
Dedication Program, 3:00 P.M.
Sunday, July 5, 1987
Master of Ceremonies ... Jean Foust, Navarro County Historical
Invocation ... Mrs. J. K. Bradley, Sr.
Dedication of Marker ... Idamay Dukeminier
Acceptance of Marker ... Janet Nichols, Mayor of Rice
Unveiling of Marker ... J. T. Allen, Joe B. Fortson, Jr.
Historical Research by Idamay Dukeminier