Houston is a large metropolis in Texas, extending to Galveston Bay. It’s closely linked with the Space Center Houston, the coastal visitor center at NASA’s astronaut training and flight control complex.
Read the Timeline Of Houston’s History below:
On April 21, General Sam Houston’s army wins Texas’ independence from Mexico in the Battle of San Jacinto.
Houston founded on August 30 by brothers Augustus C. and John K. Allen, who pay just over $1.40 per acre for 6,642 acres near headwaters of Buffalo Bayou.
Allen Brothers call on Gail Borden (publisher, surveyor, originator of condensed milk) and Thomas H. Borden to survey the site. Gail Borden lays out the town’s streets 80’ wide, with the principal east-west street (Texas Ave.) 100’ wide.
General Sam Houston, first president of the Republic of Texas, signs an act authorizing Houston to incorporate. Houston is capital of the Republic from 1837-1839.
The Laura is the first steamship to visit Houston.
A bucket brigade, Protection Fire Company No. 1, is formed to fight fires.
First census after Texas joins the United States counts 2,396 Houstonians. Galveston, with 4,117 residents, is the state’s largest city.
Houston’s first railroad — the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado Railroad — begins operations.
Texas Legislature appropriates $4,000 for Buffalo Bayou improvements.
Three competing firefighting companies combined into the Houston Volunteer Fire Department.
Texas readmitted to the Union.
Census shows Houston’s population up to 9,332. Harris County’s has reached 17,375, ranking it second in the state.
Congress designates Houston a port; first survey of Houston’s proposed ship channel is conducted.
Congress makes its first appropriation — $10,000 — for ship channel improvements.
Houston Board of Trade and Cotton Exchange are organized.
First grain elevator is built on the Houston Ship Channel.
Houston’s first free public school is established.
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