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The Cities and communities of Grimes County, Texas*



Anderson (County Seat), Apoloma

Becker, Bedias

Carlos, Cotton, Courtney, Cross

Erwin

Iola

Keith

Mesa

Navasota , Northwood

Piedmont, Plantersville

Richards, Roans Prairie

Shiro, Singleton, Stoneham

Todd Mission

Yarboro

*This list of cities may not be complete

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Information & Facts about Grimes County, Texas

Government

County Government
PO Box 160
Anderson, TX 77830-0160
Phone: (936) 873-2662

Grimes County Sheriff
State Highway 90
Anderson, TX 77830
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 434
Anderson, TX 77830
Phone: 409-873-2151
Fax:: 409-873-2010

Anderson is the County Seat.

Population:

1870 - 13,218
1880 - 18,603
1900 - 26,106
1980 - 13,636
1990 - 18,828
2000 - 23,552
2003 - 24,963 (estimate)

Density:
Persons per square mile: 29.7 (2000)

Location:

Grimes County is located in east-central Texas. It is about forty miles northwest of the Houston area. Surrounding counties are Madison County to the north, Walker County to the northeast and Montgomery County on the east. To the south is Waller County, in the southwest is Washington County and to the west is Brazos County.

Other Facts & Figures:

Median income: $32,280 (1990)
Per capita income: $14,368 (1999)

Grimes County is in the Central Time Zone

Climate:

Average summer high: 96 F.
Average winter low: 40 F.
Average annual rainfall: 40.5 inches
Average Growing season: 278 days per year

History:

The county was founded in 1846, carved out of Montgomery County. It was named for Jesse Grimes. He was an early colonist, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and a State Senator. The courthouse was built in 1894, being the fifth building built for the county court. Four other courthouses had been destroyed by either fire or wind.

Before the 1800's, there was a good amount of violence in the county area, most arising due to distrust on the part of both newcomers and existing residents. But by the mid 1800's, the Native Americans and settlers lived amicably for the most part.

See this page for a good amount of local history for the county.

Geography:

Land area: 794 square miles
Water area:

Geographic Center:
Latitude: 30.34
Longitude: 95.59

Genealogy:

Texas US GenWeb Project page for Grimes County

Cemeteries of Grimes County

The Political Graveyard for Grimes County

Libraries:

Navasota Public Library
1411 E Washington Ave
Navasota, TX 77868-3240
Phone: 936-825-6744

Schools:

Anderson-Shiro Consolidated Independent School District
P O BOX 289
Anderson, Texas 77830
Phone: 936-873-2802

Navasota ISD
705 E. Washington
P.O. Box 511
Navasota, Texas 77868
Phone: 936-825-4200
Fax: 936-825-4297

Iola ISD
P.O. Box 159
7282 Ft. Worth St.
Iola, TX 77861
Phone: 936-394-2361
Admin. Fax: 936-394-2132

Economy:

Agriculture has continued to be the preeminent economic activity in Grimes County but has undergone several transformations in the twentieth century.

Agriculture remains a major portion of the local economy with beef cattle, dairy farming, hogs, sheep and other ranching. Cotton was once the most important crop, but as cotton declined in importance, other crops took over. While a diverse number of crops have been grown, crop farming has not been a large percentage of the economy in the county.

Organizations & Groups

Grimes County Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 530
117 S La Salle St
Navasota, TX 77868
Phone: (936) 825-6600

Grimes County Little League
1108 Manley St.
Navasota, Texas 77868
Phone: 936-825-2542

Attractions & Other Information

Fanthorp Inn State Historical Site
P O Box 296
Anderson TX 77830
Phone: 936-873-2633
Henry Fanthorp, an English immigrant, built this cedar log dogtrot house in 1834.

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