Southwest of Houston 35 miles, Rosenberg was founded on a site in the original Mexican land grant of early settler Henry Scott. The town developed after the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railroad arrived in 1880 and built a station where it crossed the Buffalo, Brazos & Colorado Railroad. In 1883, the GC&SF Railroad bought and platted a 200-acre site, named after the railroad's president, Henry von Rosenberg. R.T. Mulcahy—called the "Father of Rosenberg"—arrived in 1883 and for 40 years promoted schools, business and government.
In 1912, one of the first Boy Scout troops in Texas was chartered here. By 1920, oil and sulphur discoveries along with highway development made Rosenberg a center of trade and steady growth, and in the 1940s Rosenberg was known as the "Hub of the Gulf Coast." Today, Rosenberg is experiencing unprecedented growth in commercial and residential development while holding tight to its roots and charm.
Rosenberg is home to the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds and the annual Fort Bend County Fair. Other events include the Family Fourth Celebration on July 4, the Houston Glass Club's Festival of Glass and Antique Show and Sale in August, and the Spring Fling Car Show in April.