History Blog: College Station incorporated 75 years ago this month

City of College Station's 75th AnniversaryNOTE: 2013 marks the City of College Station’s 75th year as an incorporated city. In recognition, we’ve highlighted some interesting moments from our past.

The following message was authored by Henry Mayo, a surveyor and long-time resident of the Bryan-College Station area. As a surveyor and historian, Henry retrieves information from local, state and national resources to assemble history-themed messages for email subscribers in a series titled “This Week in Brazos County History.” To subscribe to Henry’s email series, click here.



NOTE: Boy, I feel dumb for missing one of the biggest anniversary dates of the year last week. Being on the College Station 75th anniversary planning committee makes it even worse!



I don’t have a copy of The Eagle or Battalion from last week in 1938, but these clippings from The Eagle are in the scanned College Station publicity notebook on Project HOLD.

Incorporation clipsThe item on the right from Oct.18, 1938 tells of an informational meeting at the A&M Chemistry lecture room on Monday, Oct. 17. I believe the “school situation” mentioned refers to the City of Bryan’s recent southward annexation, including part of the A&M Consolidated school district known as Union Hill.

Incorporation clip 3The scrapbook item on the left is from The Eagle of Oct. 20, the day after the incorporation election. It tells the outcome — 217 voted for and 39 against incorporation. The election was the result of a petition presented to the county judge on June 2, 1938.

Therefore, Oct. 19, 1938 is considered College Station’s actual birthday, although the town’s name had already been used for at least 50 years. According to the book “College Station Texas 1938/1988 by Deborah Lynn Balliew, the polling place was appropriately located at the Southern Pacific train depot. This was the College Station, a train and mail stop along the old Houston & Texas Central railroad.

Incorporation clip 4The small clipping on the left is from the Oct. 21 edition of the Beaumont Enterprise, but ran almost verbatim in at least 10 newspapers around Texas on the same day. The CS publicity scrapbook includes about eight examples from around Texas.

Happy belated birthday, College Station!

Be sure to mark your calendars and tell your friends and neighbors not to miss the Saturday, Nov. 16 opening of the College Station 75th Anniversary festivities and exhibit opening at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. A classic car show will be outdoors at the museum, and the Union Pacific mini-train will be giving rides. If you are interested in showing a classic car, a registration form is available online.

The city website has information and links to all the events, which begin the evening of Thursday, Nov. 14, with a showing of “We’ve Never Been Licked,” a movie filmed on campus in 1943. The festivities continue with a re-dedication ceremony at Richard Carter Park at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, and a homecoming BBQ dinner that evening.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the CS75 events. If you miss this party, you will have to wait 25 years for the next big one!

Have a great week!

Henry Mayo
Henry Mayo
Surveyor and Historian | email

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One thought on “History Blog: College Station incorporated 75 years ago this month

  1. ALL of us have egg on our respective faces – we got so wrapped up in trying to put on this great event (including dealing with the government shutdown of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum)…that ALL of us let October 19 slide by us….

    Good grief! We should have been eating birthday cake because on October 19, 1938, the charter for the City of College Station was signed and we officially became a city.

    Good grief!