Stafford, now a suburb of Houston, began as a stop on the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway, which commenced service in 1853. It takes its name from Stafford's Point, the plantation of William Stafford, one of Stephen F. Austin's 300 settlers. Stafford was never a formally surveyed town and was not incorporated as a city until 1956. It is a mosaic of subdivisions, office parks, and religious institutions that reflect the ethnic diversity of middle-class Houston at the turn of the twenty-first century.
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