Sandy Point, TX


By: Diana J. Kleiner

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: January 27, 2021


Sandy Point was a farming community at the entrance to Darrington State Prison Farm, on the Missouri Pacific line and State Highway 288 seventeen miles northwest of Angleton in north central Brazoria County. Sandy Point Cemetery, on land that was once part of a sugar and cotton plantation, includes graves of soldiers from the Texas Revolution, the Mier Expedition, and the Civil War. The local post office operated from 1854 until sometime after 1930. As early as 1884 the community shipped sugar, molasses, and cotton and had two general stores, several sugar mills and cotton gins, and a population of 250. In 1906 Sandy Point had one White school with one teacher and four pupils and two Black schools with two teachers and sixty-eight pupils; these schools had been consolidated with the Angleton Independent School District by 1948. Rice farms and cattle ranches eventually replaced the cotton and sugar plantations of the antebellum Texas era. The population of Sandy Point fell to 100 by 1914 but rose to 200 by 1925 and remained at that level until after World War II, when residents began to leave. In the 1930s the community had a church, a school, and scattered dwellings; the Sandy Point oilfield was nearby. Only ninety residents remained by the late 1940s, and the population had dropped to thirty by 1970. The 1974 county highway map showed Woods Cemetery, Sandy Point Cemetery, and the Pilgrim Church within a mile of the townsite. In 2000 the population was still listed as thirty.

Elizabeth Lane, History of Brazoria County (M.A. thesis, Texas College of Arts and Industries, 1948).

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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Diana J. Kleiner, “Sandy Point, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 07, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/sandy-point-tx.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

1952
January 27, 2021

Place
Sandy Point
Currently Exists
Yes
Place Type
Town
USGS ID
1346604
Town Fields
  • Has post office: No
  • Is Incorporated: Yes
Belongs to
  • Brazoria County
Coordinates
  • Latitude: 29.38551700°
  • Longitude: -95.48105320°
Population Counts
People Year
250 2009
245 2019