For all the years I lived in Houston I never thought to ask. Actually until I began my association with Drake Homes Inc I’m not sure I’d even heard “Rice Military” as an area in Houston. The Galleria, Memorial, The Heights, Montrose, of course, as my husband owned a home off Alabama, but not Rice Military.
So as we have single family home communities there I did some research, this first paragraph from Wikipedia:
The name originates from nearby Camp Logan, a World War I-era U.S. Army training camp, which was replaced by Memorial Park after the war. The “Rice” in Rice Military comes from the family that used to own the area. One of the most popular of the Rices, William M. Rice, left behind a fortune to found Rice University. Bankers Trust Co. paid $54,425 ($731,900 in current money) to the Rice family and another party for the entire area that would become Rice Military.”
Further: The boundaries of the Rice Military neighborhood are Washington Avenue on the north, Memorial Drive on the south, Shepherd Drive on the east, and Westcott Street on the west.
Ah! I just asked my husband and he knew all the history, should have asked him first! He says he’s even seen old photographs of Camp Logan. (Always ask the nearest source LOL).
One last bit of history I found about the area, though it’s about Washington Avenue:
Washington Avenue’s history dates back to 1849, when a wagon and stagecoach route to downtown Houston was established. When the Houston & Texas Central terminal was built at the end of the street, it became such an important thoroughfare that at the turn of the century it was paved, becoming one of the first paved roads in the city.
If you’re interested in Texas history, be sure and check out Jeff Carroll’s Legendary Texas site!