Rosenberg Letterbox LbNA # 10093 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Aug 14 2004|
Difficulty Rating: 1 - What does this mean?
Terrain Rating: 1 - What does this mean?
Status: Alive on 08/14/2004
Rosenberg, Texas is a "railroad" town -- originally created by the Santa Fe railroad to settle a legal dispute between Houston and Galveston -- railroad history is central to this town.
The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroads (G.C. & S.F.) purchased two hundred acres in 1883 and laid out the town site, naming it Rosenberg after its first President.
The law required all railroads to come "within a mile of the courthouse" of the county involved, in this case Richmond. The G.C. & S.F. line, therefore, turned south around Richmond, crossing the existing G.H. & S.A. at Rosenberg Junction (named after Mr. Rosenberg) in 1880. A depot was built and the junction soon grew into a town
Railroad buffs can visit the Railroad Museum which combines the history of rail in Fort Bend County, the people of the railroad, and fun all under one roof. This is probably the busiest location for railroad outside of a major metro area and provides a nice location to watch passing trains.
Until Feb 20, 2004, Rosenberg was the site of the last traditional manned interlocking tower (Tower 17) in the State of Texas. During April 2004, the museum began moving the historic Tower 17 building on to its property to preserve it.
Museum Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM Admission: $2.00 for adults, $1.50 for senior citizens, $1.00 for children ages 4 - 12
Museum Directions: 35 miles to the southwest of Houston on US Highway 59. Take the Highway 36 exit and go north about 1 mile to Avenue I, where you will turn right. Go two blocks to Third Street and turn left. Proceed two blocks and turn left on Avenue F, just before the railroad tracks. We are on the corner of Avenue F and Third Street and our entrance is on Avenue F. The address is 1921 Avenue F, Rosenberg.
The Tower 17 is on private property and is not open to the public.
I have placed the Rosenberg Letterbox in the city's newest park, Seabourne Park, 3827 Hwy. 36 South.
Directions to the Letterbox:
From Houston: travel on US 59 South for about 35 miles exit at Hwy. 36. Turn left and head East for about 1/3 mile. Turn left into the Seabourne Park. Drive to the parking lot and park by the restrooms. The park is a nature park with trails for walking, jogging, and bicycle, a wetlands, and a fishing lake stocked with catfish, bass and perch.
Park hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Please note that pets are not welcome at this park
Seabourne Park is at
3827 Hwy. 36 South
Rosenberg, TX 77471
Starting from the red and white striped barricade, take the right trail to the wetland marsh area. Just before you get to the blue trash can, take the trail to the left. This trail will lead you to the boardwalk through the marsh area. The day we were there, we saw several types of egrets and black-bellied whistling ducks. When you reach the end of the boardwalk, there is another blue trash can on the left. Stand next to it facing the direction you just came from and walk 4 steps back and look for 3 knots. The letterbox should be directly under that point about 4 inches back underneath the boardwalk. You can retrieve the letterbox and continue walking on the path into the woods a short distance to a picnic table where you can sit and stamp in.
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