Welcome to Richmond, TX
“A Charming Past. A Soaring Future.”
With a population of just over 12,000, Richmond sits at the heart of Fort Bend County. In 1822 a group of colonists making their way up the Brazos River stopped and built “Fort Bend” a fort near what is now Richmond. Named after Richmond, England, the small town was incorporated into the short lived , Republic of Texas in 1837 along with 19 other cities. The Battle of Richmond was fought here in 1889 leading to the Jaybird–Woodpecker War, where the “Jaybirds” and “Woodpeckers” fought over control of Fort Bend County. Hilmar G. Moore served as mayor from 1949 until his death on December 4, 2012 and was believed to be the longest-serving mayor in the United States.
Today Richmond has seen huge amounts of growth with new subdivisions and communities sprouting up all over. Richmond is served by Lamar Consolidated Independent School District. Jane Long, Pink, and Deaf Smith Elementary Schools are all within the city limits. Fort Bend County Libraries operates both George Memorial Library and the Fort Bend County Law Library, located in the city as well. The Richmond Police Department, located in the historic jail on Preston, serves and protects the community.