Old Riverside, TX

Riverside, TX is the closest thing that resembles a town to me so I thought I’d write a little about Good Old Riverside. The city limits signs read “Population 425” and I don’t expect that to change much anytime soon 😉

Riverside is perched on a bit of a bluff overlooking the Trinity River in Northeastern Walker County, Texas . It’s located just up river from where the Trinity River flows into Lake Livingston (The second largest lake in Texas that is completely inside Texas). Today, Riverside is a quite little community that is mostly based on ranching, hunting leases and other recreational activities.

Riverside Train Bridge
Historic Riverside turret bridge

Riverside was founded in 1872 during a time when the economy in the area was run by cotton gins and the railway. The Houston & Great Northern Railroad (later International & Great Northern) was being built in the area for the reason that the river dried up in late summer and the steamboats could no longer navigate all the way to Riverside from the Gulf, down stream. Walker County landowners gave earth, lumber and minerals to the railroad in order to obtain shipping facilities.  Riverside began as a railroad town and grew alongside the tracks on the South side of the Trinity River, thus the name “Riverside.

Public recreational facilities in the area include Cove Marina, Bethy Creek Resort and the public boat ramp at the Hwy 19 bridge & the Trinity River. These are all water based recreational areas, which is the best kind 😉

I’ll be writing more about this area soon, it’s a great place to live! Texas rules!!

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