College Station is turning 75! Many things have changed since then!

Posted by Terrence Murphy Sr. on Monday, July 8th, 2013 at 6:11pm

In October 2013 the City of College Station will be celebrating its 75th anniversary. The area had been a community for over 60 years but was not incorporated until 1938. Texas’s first state institution of higher education was inaugurated into the area in 1876. In 1877 the area was designated College Station by the postal service. The name was because of a local train station that was located west of the campus.  Brazos valley became a popular place to move because of it's agricultural and natural resources. The community was rich in cattle and cotton. Immigrants from Europe, freed African American slaves, and indigenous Hispanic groups, all worked the rich local land.   Later on the railroads would be built and the small community was chugging along to become one of the fastest-growing cities in the state. Finally in 1938 the incorporation came about because of a petition by men who were representing on and off campus interests. This petition was presented to the Texas A&M College. The board had no objections but added that the belt around the campus should be included in the city. Members of the Texas A&M faculty wanted to created a city of their own for their families to enjoy.

By 1920 the Northgate area became the “strip mall” for the city, with shops and services to offer the community. Over time more businesses popped up on the Eastgate and Southgate entrances to campus.  Through all of its expansion the city has relied heavily on A&M to offer meeting spaces, utility lines, fire department services and many more services.

In 1963 James Earl Rudder allowed women into Texas A&M which had a tremendous commercial impact on the city of College Station.  This change paved the way for more shopping, restaurants, housing, and other commercial business. The growth and expansion was tremendous and today in 2013 women almost outnumber men. 

In October of 2013 the City will be celebrating its 75th anniversary but the reason we are talking about it so early is because there are many celebration activities in place.  There will be exhibits at the George Bush Presidential Library, a vintage car show and many more activities. The city is looking for photos, artifacts, and anything you have to help tell the story of College Station. You can go to the website listed below if you would like more information or would like to submit your story.


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