Hempstead

Hempstead

The seat of Waller County was established in 1856 when Hempstead Town Company offered lots and blocks to the Houston and Texas Central Railroad as inducement for running a line through town. The railroad made it an important shipping and receiving area during the Civil War. The town was long known as a "Six Shooter Junction" because of an era of violence around the turn of the century. A most notable fight shocked the nation in 1905 when U.S. Congressman John Pinckney, his brother and two others were gunned down in the courthouse while meeting with prohibitionists who had won an election to ban booze. Today, the economy is primarily farms, ranches, oil and gas.

Frazier's Ornamental and Architectural Concrete has acres of water fountains, yard statuary and bird baths. Open daily, except Wed. On Business U.S. 290.

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