Damon, Texas

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Damon, Texas
Census-designated place
US Post Office in Damon, Texas
US Post Office in Damon, Texas
Location of Damon, Texas.
Location of Damon, Texas.
Brazoria County Damon.svg
Coordinates: 29°17′22″N 95°44′13″W / 29.28944°N 95.73694°W / 29.28944; -95.73694Coordinates: 29°17′22″N 95°44′13″W / 29.28944°N 95.73694°W / 29.28944; -95.73694
Country United States
State Texas
County Brazoria
Area
 • Total 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
 • Land 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 79 ft (24 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 552
 • Density 396/sq mi (152.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 77430
Area code(s) 979
FIPS code 48-19108[1]
GNIS feature ID 1355614[2]

Damon is a census-designated place (CDP) in Brazoria County, Texas, United States. The population was 552 at the 2010 census.[3] The town is located about 20 miles (32 km) south of Rosenberg on Texas State Highway 36. Damon sits partly atop a salt dome which was exploited for petroleum, sulphur, and limestone.

Geography[edit]

Damon is located in northwestern Brazoria County at 29°17′22″N 95°44′13″W / 29.28944°N 95.73694°W / 29.28944; -95.73694 (29.289519, -95.737038). According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.394 square miles (3.61 km2), all land.[4]

Damon is 2 miles (3.2 km) from the San Bernard River and 8 miles (13 km) from the Brazos River. The community is between Needville in Fort Bend County and West Columbia in Brazoria County.[5]

Damon is home to the highest point in Brazoria County, Damon Mound, rising 144 feet (43.9 m) above sea level.

The west part of the town sits atop Damon Mound, the surface expression of a salt diapir or dome. The plug of salt rises through geological formations of Tertiary geologic age. The top of the salt mass is about 500 feet (152 m) below the surface and above it are limestone, gypsum, and anhydrite. Petroleum was trapped around the salt dome in sandstone and limestone layers. Five million barrels of crude oil were extracted from 85 wells in the years up to 1924. In the year 1930 alone the mound yielded 224,000 barrels of oil.[6]

History[edit]

The Karankawa people lived on Damon Mound before the arrival of Europeans. Arrowheads, burial grounds, broken pottery, and stone tools found in the area are evidence of their habitation. In ancient times, the mound's sour earth was regarded by the local native peoples as having medicinal properties. This feature was caused by the presence of sulphur and other minerals near the surface.[7]

The area was first settled by Europeans in 1831 when Samuel Damon arrived from the United States. Damon married Lorena Darst and built a home on the south side of the mound. The settlement grew until it counted 100 inhabitants in 1890 when it was called Damon Mound. At that time cattle ranching was an important business. In 1895, the post office reopened after having been closed for three years. The town was renamed Damon around that time. A Baptist church opened in 1896. In 1918 a railroad line was built from Rosenberg to Damon in order to haul away the limestone and sulphur that were quarried from the mound. In 1925 the town had 300 residents and a Catholic church was founded. The population dipped to 260 in 1931 at which time the town had its own school district. In 1944 the railroad line was discontinued beyond Guy to the north. Nevertheless, Damon's population reached nearly 400 from the 1940s to the 1980s. In 1989 there were 375 residents, a feed store, cotton gin, quarry and other businesses. The 2000 census reported 535 persons and Baptist, Catholic, Church of Christ and Lutheran places of worship.[8]

Public Services[edit]

Damon is served by the Damon Volunteer Fire Department, Central EMS and Brazoria County Sheriff's Department

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 535 people, 207 households, and 149 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 385.7 people per square mile (148.6/km²). There were 231 housing units at an average density of 166.5/sq mi (64.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 77.01% White, 1.31% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 21.12% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 27.10% of the population.

There were 207 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.07.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $31,111, and the median income for a family was $37,250. Males had a median income of $36,875 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $15,950. About 14.2% of families and 20.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.7% of those under age 18 and 16.9% of those age 65 or over.

According to the 2010 census, the total population was 552, with 280 males and 272 females. Of this population 25.9% was under the age of 18 and 12.9% was 65 years or older. The median age was 38.3 years. 83.7% of individuals identified themselves as White, 11.6% claimed "Some Other Race", 3.6% identified two or more races, while the remainder were American Indian, Black or Asian. Persons who claimed to be Hispanic were 31.0% of the population.[9]

"Damon City Limit"[edit]

Damon is unincorporated, but has one "Damon City Limit" sign heading south on State Highway 36 from FM 1462, which usually only incorporated communities have.

Education[edit]

Damon residents are served by the Damon Independent School District (K-12).

Previously Damon ISD only served K-8 and students attended Needville High School, which is part of the Needville Independent School District.[citation needed] Damon ISD signed a contract with Needville ISD in 1949 so Damon ISD residents could go to school at Needville High.[10] Students who want a quality education go to West Columbia ISD or Needville ISD.

Gallery[edit]

Damon Texas Road Sign.JPG Damon Texas Cemetery.JPG Damon Texas Barta Gin.JPG Damon Texas Pump Jacks.JPG
Looking southeast on State Hwy. 36 Damon Catholic cemetery Barta Gin Company on State Hwy. 36 Oil pump jacks along Old Guy Road

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Damon CDP, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "211.pdf." Damon Independent School District. p. 1/5. Retrieved on December 5, 2016.
  6. ^ "Geological Survey Bulletin 845: Part F. Southern Pacific Lines". United States Geological Survey. Archived from the original on 12 March 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  7. ^ USGS, Bulletin 845
  8. ^ Damon, Chris. "Damon, Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Damon CDP Texas: Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics". US Census Bureau 2010: American Fact Finder. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "History of the District." Needville Independent School District. Retrieved on December 5, 2016.