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Diverse as a city can be.
From china town to little italy...from the sky scrapers of our beautiful downtown to the woodsy parks and wildlife refugees.... from the country music at the Houston Rodeo to the refined music of the Houson Grand Opra...Houston has it all. Anything you like, you can find it here.
Brothers John K. and Augustus C. ALLEN founded Houston in 1836. These two New York real estate men came down and purchased a town site just off of Buffalo Bayou. They named this new town Houston, for General Sam Houston, the hero of Texas independence.
In 1837, Houston was incorporated, and made the first capitol of the Republic of Texas. It served until 1839. It was again instated as capitol in 1842, and remained so until 1845.
Mayor John Andres led the city administration in establishing the Port of Houston in 1841. The port had become important enough by 1853 to have 4 thousand dollars appropriated for the improvement of the channel. Also in 1853 the first railway was established in Houston.
In 1846, Texas was offically named as the 28th state of the United States.
The discovery of oil in outlying towns around Houston at the turn of the century sped up Houston's growth. Then, in 1914 the Houston Ship Channel was expanded enough to house oceangoing vessels. This marked the beginning of a very active and prosperous time.
During WWII Houston was a main center for war industries. Large quantities of the nations sulfur, petroleum products, synthetic rubber, came from Houston.
The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (first named Manned Spacecraft Center) was established in Houston, and the Astrodome was first opened to the public in 1965. City and Suburban office space expanded due to vast building programs, and huge redevelopment of downtown Houston was undertaken in 1970. Also during the 1970's the land area of Houston was greatly expanded and finally established itself as the commercial and population center of the Southwest.
Houston's Government, Law, and City Operations
City Of Houston Government Information
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Office of the Mayor
City Of Houston Emergency Management
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City Of Houston Departmental Listings
State Of Texas - Government Information
Houston Area Law Librarians
The O'Quinn Law Library
Houston Area Network of Documents Information
Houston's Major Attractions
George R Brown Convention Center
Houston's Museum District Page
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Contemorary Arts Museum
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Natural Science
Museum of Health and Medical Science
Holocaust Museum of Houston
Childrens Museum of Houston
American Airpower Heritige Museum
National Railway Historical Society
Houston Fire Museum
Cherokee National Historical Society
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
Space Center Houston
Houston Grand Opera
Theatre Under the Stars
Recreation and Wildlife Parks
Armand Bayou Nature Center
San Jacinto Battleground
Six Flags Astroworld
Space Center Houston
Houston Area Parks
Extensive Guide to Houston Shopping, Movies, Hotels and more.
Houston's Sports Teams
Alvin Community Collage
Houston Baptist University
Houston Community Collage
Baylor Collage of Medicine
Houston Graduate School of Theology
North Harris Montgomery Community Collage District
Saint Thomas University
San Jacinto Collage District
South Texas Collage of Law
Texas Southern University
University of Houston
Houston Area Public School Districts
Houston's TV and Radio Sations
2 - NBC
8 - PBS
11 - CBS
13 - ABC
20 - UPN
26 - FOX
39 - WB
Houston Radio Stations
Christian Resources in Houston
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