Rock Island, TX (Polk County)

By: Robert Wooster

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: March 1, 1995

Rock Island is on Farm Road 942 ninety-five miles north of Houston in central Polk County. An agricultural community had already been well established near a rocky gully of Johnson Creek when Carl Bergman, Jim Lewis, and Tom Manry established a small sawmill there around 1900. However, the Rock Island Tie and Lumber Company, like many of the small sawmills of Polk County during that period, operated for only a few years. After the sawmill closed, the little village reverted to its former status as a tiny agricultural settlement.

A Pictorial History of Polk County, Texas, 1846–1910 (Livingston, Texas: Polk County Bicentennial Commission, 1976; rev. ed. 1978).
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Robert Wooster, “Rock Island, TX (Polk County),” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 19, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

March 1, 1995

Rock Island
Currently Exists
Place Type
Town Fields
  • Has post office: No
  • Is Incorporated: No
Belongs to
  • Polk County
  • Latitude: 30.94519230°
  • Longitude: -94.77909680°