The History of Houston, TX

The history of Houston goes back to 1836, almost the same time as Texas Independence. This year, two real estate promoters J.K. and A.C Allen bought 6,642 acres of land for $9,428 which was situated at the upper side of the Buffalo Bayou.  According to the promoters, this place was chosen as ‘a seat for the future government.’ In their bid to advance their ambition, they names this unimproved land Houston, after Sam Houston who was a hero of the Texas Revolution that created the Republic of Texas.

Later on, the city was named the capital, despite the fact that it was not ready yet to host government functions. When Sam Houston arrived in this area in 1837, he only found a few people and one log cabin. Within a few months, the population grew to hundreds.

The area of Houston was swampy, something that resulted to yellow fever and the spread of lawlessness which killed several people. This forced the government to move the capital to Austin in 1839. By beginning of 1840, the move had been completed officially, and this was a big blow to the once thriving area.

Texas was admitted to the Union in 1846, and in 1850, Houston recorded a population of 2, 397 during the first decennial census.

A steamship reached the area in 1837 and in 1853, the first railroad kicked off its operations. During the period of the cold war, the local community and their leaders opted for secession and a military action was experienced.

In 1870, Texas was readmitted to the union, and the population of Houston at the time clicked 17, 735. This made it the second largest city in the state.

In the entire 20th century, Houston continued to expand. During the World War II, the Port of Houston became the most active port in the country. In 1948, the city was expanded to 216 miles. NASA’s Spacecraft Center was relocated to Houston in 1962. By the end of the 20th century, Houston was the 4th largest city in the United States.


Today, the city is thriving. It is popularly known to the US citizens as the space city. It is home to tremendous attractions, not forgetting that it is home to some of the most notable figures in the world. Being the fourth largest city in the US, Houston is a vital element of the economy. it has various technology centers, education institutions, health facilities, recreational centers, and most notably, there are different security organs based in the city and its environs.

Houston, TX is a civilized city that is ideal for living, business, and exploration.

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