City of Rosenberg Official Website http://www.ci.rosenberg.tx.us
History and Economy
Rosenberg was founded on a site in the original Mexican land grant of early settler Henry Scott, where a small, nameless shipping point existed on the Brazos River. The town developed after the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe (GC&SF) Railroad arrived in 1880 and built a station where it crossed the Buffalo, Brazos & Colorado Railroad. In 1881, Count Joseph Telfener, an Italian investor, set up offices in the fledgling community to build the New York, Texas & Mexican Railway, which extended to Victoria. In 1883, the GC&SF Railroad bought and platted a 200 acre site and named the community after the railroad’s president, Henry von Rosenberg of Galveston. R. T. Mulcahy – named 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 residental development while holding tight to its roots and charm.
Rosenberg is served by the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District
Things to Do
Not only will you find a great deal of history nearby, but also plenty of fun activities for you and your family when visiting Rosenberg’s Historic Downtown District which offers aneclectic shopping experience in buildings restored to their original grandeur. Visitors browse a collection of gift boutiques, antique shops, gourmet shop, spa, restaurants, and other establishments offering everything from home accessories, collectibles, fine jewelry, clothing, rare books, fine hand made furniture, and great casual dining experiences. The district is home to the 1910 Vogelsang Building, a Texas Historic Landmark and to Another Time Soda Fountain, winner of a 2005 Texas Downtown Association Restoration Award. The Historic Downtown District is the site of the city’s Christmas in Rosenberg festival, and home to the Rosenberg Railroad Museum where you’ll see artifacts, photos and railcars from the golden age of travel.
Rosenberg is proud to be home to the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds and the annual Fort Bend County Fair, one of the largest and most successful county fairs in the state, featuring more than 700 livestock exhibits and 4,100 competitive exhibits for 200,000 visitors each year.