In the old days (don't ask me for dates) Hwy 290 AND TEXAS6 WAS THE SAME HIGHWAY THAT ARRIVED from an EAST-WEST direction on the SOUTH side of the EAST_WEST railroad and the road was next to the railroad and it was called MAIN STREET. The railroad makes a big curve in DOWNTOWN Hempstead near the court house and the TEXAS 6 highway/road turns NORTH in downtown and headed for north for NAVASOTA. The roads turn North in downtown and heads NORTH, just like the railroad track. About a mile from the bend in the railroad, Highway 290 turns LEFT (and WEST) and heads for Brenham and Austin. The street running on the left side of the railroad track could have been MAIN STREET in the old days.
Hempstead is known as "6 shooter Junction" Also, the courthouse burned in about the 1880-90's it could have been located on another block, then, rebuilt on a new block.
There was an old hotel on the edge of the railroad track that burned estimated 15 years ago. When I was a kid, we traveled through Hempstead and the downtown was full of big old victorian homes. they were awesome.. Most of them have been moved out to ranches and to Roundtop...
If you can access the Houston Post Newspaper in Houston to their archives, but they would send a reporter out to Hempstead when something big happened. the Post sold out to the Houston Chronicle. They can tell you where the archives of the Post is located. Or. Contact
the Clayton Genealogy Library in Houston and see if they got the archives. Do not know what is on internet. The Waller NewsCitizen is on microfilm at the library in Hempstead. I use to go through the newspapers for genealogy atthe Hempstead (Waller County) library.