The Alvin area was settled in the mid-19th century when bull ranches were established in the area. The Santa Fe Railroad eventually expanded into the area, and a settlement was established along the railroad. Alvin was originally named "Morgan" by the town's residents in honor of the settlement's original resident, Santa Fe employee Alvin Morgan; upon discovery that the name Morgan had been taken, the town named itself after Morgan's first name.
Baytown, Texas, is a study in contrasts. While proud of their historic traditions, this is after all the home of the Battle of San Jacinto, one of the most significant events in Texas history; the people of Baytown look forward to the future with some of the largest industrial and technological complexes in the United States. Indeed, Baytown is home to one of the largest refineries in the world, yet also has one of the most pristine wetland preserves in the nation with the Baytown Nature Center which supports more than 300 species of birds.
Clear Lake City is a master-planned community located in southeast Harris County, Texas, within the Bay Area of Greater Houston. James Marion West developed the land that Clear Lake City now occupies. Humble Oil purchased the property from West in 1938 and made plans to develop it into a residential development in 1963. A number of cultural events occur in and near the community. The Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre group stages ballet and American musical theater performances. The Clear Lake Symphony offer performances each year from classical to "pops." The Arts Alliance at Clear Lake, a group of 50 area arts organizations, regularly schedules arts exhibits, musical performances, and other arts programs.
Deer Park was founded in 1892 by Simeon H. West and became the site of a railroad station, a post office, a hotel, a general store, and three resident carpenters by 1896. In 1928, Shell Oil Company broke ground on a new refinery and by 1940, the population had grown to 100. Deer Park is near the site of the Battle of San Jacinto, where Texas won its independence from Mexico. A replica of Dr. George Moffitt Patrick's cabin is located in front of the Theatre/Courts Building. Deer Park incorporated on December 12, 1948 and had a population of 700 by 1948. It has a public library, community theater, municipal court building, three fire stations, numerous city parks and recreational facilities, a post office, several hotels, and 14 major industries.
Friendswood was a small, remote, farming Quaker community with less than 500 citizens, but became increasingly a suburban bedroom community after 1950. Many of the values of the original founders, such as belief in the value of family, friendship, cooperation and community, are still at the heart of the Friendswood community today. In 2007, CNN/Money magazine rated Friendswood as one America’s “Best Places to Live.”
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Pasadena is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, and the second-largest city in Harris County. It was founded in 1893. By the mid-20th century Pasadena's economy had become strongly tied to petroleum and other heavy industry. NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) was established near Pasadena in 1963 with the residential community of Clear Lake City, partially under Pasadena's jurisdiction, established nearby. These developments helped to diversify the town's economy significantly. John Travolta, Debra Winger and other actors came to the city to film the 1980 hit movie Urban Cowboy, which depicted life and young love in Pasadena. The film centered on the city's honky-tonk bar Gilley's, which was co-owned by country music star Mickey Gilley. Pasadena also holds the world famous Strawberry Festival, a multi-day event that attracts more than 60,000 people per year. Along with multi-staged entertainment, there is Mutton Bustin’, the Strawberry Parade, a BBQ Cook-off, over 100 booths, old-time contests like berry eating and washing pitcher tossing, as well as the presentation of the World’s Largest Shortcake.
In the 1800s, Pearland consisted of prairie. Residents harvested fruit and vegetables such as cantaloupes, corn, figs, pears and watermelons. Pearland was promoted by developers Allison & Richey Land Company as an "agricultural Eden". The first subdivision was called "Suburban Gardens". From the 1970s, the town has grown to its present-day population. By 1990, the city limits had extended into Harris County. In the 1990s, home developers began buying large tracts of land, changing the geography of the city. Former rice fields filled with houses. The historic town center of Pearland is at the intersection of Texas State Highway 35/Main and Broadway.
Seabrook is known for its fish markets on Waterfront Drive where resident shrimpers and fishermen bring in their catches daily. In 1986, the decision was made to start the construction of a fixed-span bridge that was tall enough for sailboats to pass under. After this bridge was finished, Highway 146 was linked all the way from Galveston to Texas State Highway 225. A historic downtown area was constructed in the early 20th century and it stands today, with many locals running their businesses. Most are antique shops or bed and breakfast places. Seabrook is host to the Texas Concours d'Elegance "Keels & Wheels" classic car and boat show held each year the first weekend in May at Lakewood Yacht Club. The Seabrook Festival of the Arts is held annually on the grounds of Seabrook City Hall and Community House at First Street.