905 Aldine-Bender Road
Aldine , 77032
email from Al Davis Dec. 8, 2010, Patsy Gresham (worked on application) reported that the marker was damaged in auto accident and needs to be replaced; site visit Oct. 15, 2014, orignal marker broken at top of post/marker, repaired and returned to site
Directions: From I-45 Exit 60A, east on Aldine-Bender 2.1 miles to Yarberry St., marker on left along roadside in front of InvesTex Credit Union Building; east of Hardy Toll Road
Key Time Period: 1866 - 1876 Reconstruction
Marker Text: The railroad arrived in this area, first called Prairie Switch, in 1873. The Aldine Post Office was established in 1896; twenty-five to thirty families, most of Swedish descent, settled on Aldine's fertile land. Here they grew such products as Satsuma oranges, pears and magnolia figs. In 1900 developer E. C. Robertson and his partner, F. W. Colby of Kansas, began to market parcels of land to out-of-state speculators, many of whom bought tracts sight unseen. A Presbyterian Church was organized from a Union Sabbath School in 1902, and the town began to grow. It soon boasted a hotel and general store, a two-room schoolhouse erected on this site in 1910, and a cemetery deeded for community use in 1911.
Aldine resident J. C. Carpenter operated a small fig cannery until 1914 or 1915 when the Carpenter Fig Company opened a cannery nearby. Reportedly one of the largest fig preserving plants in the U. S., it employed twenty-five to thirty people during the canning season. The fig industry died out from 1918 to 1920 because of freezes, blight and lack of sugar during World War I.
Dairy farms replaced fruit farms and the Magnolia Oil Company established a large crude oil pumping station in Aldine in 1923. The Aldine Railroad Depot shut down in 1931 or 1932, and the post office closed in January 1935. The community turned to automobiles for transportation. Farmers began marketing their wares in Houston. The town of Aldine gradually declined. In 1932 four area common school districts joined to form the Aldine Independent School District. Now a part of the metropolis of Houston, the townsite of Aldine remains only in the annals of Texas history. (1999)
Marker Type: Marker with Post
Historical Org: Texas Historical Commission (THC)
Key Map Information: 373 T
GPS Coordinates: 29 56.000, 95 22.578
Precinct No: 1
Marker No: 11934