TEXAS HISTORIC RANCH AND NATURE TOUR
THE WRIGHT BROTHERS RANCH

The Wright Brothers Ranch is over 300 acres of land that is part of the Neches River Bottom in Southeast Texas.  The ranch is located a half mile from the intersection of FM 1005 and 1013. It is two miles from the Neches River which is part of the Big Thicket National Preserve.  Two creeks wind through the ranch which ultimately feed into the Neches River.  Those creeks are fed by three underground springs two of which run continuously even in drought years.

The ranch sits atop a vast aquifer which provides drinking water for Houston and Beaumont and for flooding rice fields downstream on farms near the Gulf of Mexico.  The Neches River is part of a network of rivers that course through East Texas. The Sabine River forms the Texas, Louisiana border. The Trinity River flows through the Dallas area to the Gulf and becomes part of the Houston Ship Channel.  The Neches and Angelina Rivers join north of the Big Thicket National Preserve and becomes the Neches River that passes a mile from the Wright Brothers Ranch.

The Big Thicket National Preserve is a 120 mile long ecosystem consisting of river bottom land that starts north of Woodville Texas and wind its way to the Gulf of Mexico through Beaumont, Texas. The Big Thicket is known worldwide for its biodiversity. There are six ecosystems that dominate in the Big Thicket.

  • Bottom Land Hardwoods
  • Bay galls
  • Cypress Sloughs
  • Slope Forest
  • Pine Uplands
  • Pine Savannahs

Four of these ecosystems exist at the Wright Brothers Ranch.  All of these ecosystems are contained within our rural south east Texas community of Mt Union where the Wright Brothers Ranch is located. On the tour you will see examples of each of these ecosystems which we maintain within an agricultural business which focuses on sensitivity to the environment through sustainable agricultural and cattle production practices.

Herman Wright Jr.
The Long Black Line.Org


Tour Information & Details

Wright Brothers Cattle Company: Texas Historic Ranch and Nature Brief [PDF]

Wright Brothers Cattle Company: Ranch Tour Stages [PDF]

The Long Black Line: Cemetery Tour Brief [PDF]


Directions

The Wright Brothers Ranch
County Road 533
Mt Union Texas

Take US-96 S (approximately 7 miles)  to FM 1005. Turn right onto FM 1005 (go approx 10.4 mi). Turn right onto FM 1013 (.2 mi) then make a left onto CR 533. Travel .7 mi to the end of the  road and you have arrived at the ‘Wright Brother’s Ranch’.

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Jan
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Special Event

WOMAN’S CIVIC CLUB OF JASPER

HOST

THE JASPER COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

AND THE LONG BLACK LINE.ORG


SATURDAY,  FEBRUARY 16, 10AM TO 12PM

Location: 156 W Milam St, Jasper, Texas


GUEST SPEAKER

STEPHANIE DEUTSCH, THE AUTHOR OF “YOU NEED A SCHOOLHOUSE”

 

Stephanie Deutsch the Author of “You Need a Schoolhouse” writes about the Rosenwald School

movement that resulted in the construction of over 5,000 school houses across the southern United

States in the 1920s and 1930s.  Stephanie is traveling to Jasper from her home in Washington DC.

Come hear how Jasper County has more standing school structures than any other county in Texas.

The film “The Long Black Line” is available at the museum to learn more about this movement.

Call the museum at 409-384-6666 for more information. The presentation will  be followed by

a tour of a local Rosenwald School site.

 

The Jasper County Museum is open Wednesday-Saturday 10am to 3pm.

 

Mar
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The Pleasant Hill School

The Pleasant Hill School

The Pleasant Hill Rosenwald School recieved a Lowes Grant. Flo Stephenson is my contact at the school in Linden Texas. Flo second from the righ standing up. The group includes a 90+ year old former student who started elmentary school when the school opened in 1922. Also here is on of the last teacer at the school See above the certificate recognizing the school on the National Trust for Historic Places. We also conducted a few film interviews of the group which willl be on our You Tube sight coming soon.

Rosenwald West Columbia School

This is Naomi Smith and Tina Maeenza at the Rosenwald West Columbia School that they found in a famers field and had transported to the city park where it serves as a portal into history and living classroom of legacy. To learn more go to You Tube “Columbia Rosenwald” and www.columbiarosenwaldschool.com. West Columbia is about 45 minutes south of Houston in case you want to drive and see Tina and Naomi.

Mar
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Rosenwald School History

Julius Rosenwald, an American clothier who became part-owner and president of Sears, Roebuck and Company, was the founder of The Rosenwald Fund, through which he contributed seed money for many of the schools and other philanthropic causes.

The Rosenwald rural school building program was a major effort to improve the quality of public education for African Americans in the early twentieth-century South. In 1912, Julius Rosenwald gave Booker T. Washington permission to use some of the money he had donated to Tuskegee Institute for the construction of six small schools in rural Alabama, which were constructed and opened in 1913 and 1914.

Pleased with the results, Rosenwald then agreed to fund a larger program for schoolhouse construction based at Tuskegee. In 1917 he set up the Julius Rosenwald Fund, a Chicago-based philanthropic foundation, and in 1920 the Rosenwald Fund established an independent office for the school building program in Nashville, Tennessee.

By 1928, one in every five rural schools for black students in the South was a Rosenwald school, and these schools housed one third of the region’s rural black schoolchildren and teachers. At the program’s conclusion in 1932, it had produced 4,977 new schools, 217 teachers’ homes, and 163 shop buildings, constructed at a total cost of $28,408,520 to serve 663,615 students in 883 counties of 15 states.

Here are some clips from The Long Black Line film:

It Took a Lot of Work to Raise $100

It Was Really Their Schools