Cleveland’s history begins near 1836, when the General Land Office began offering land in the area in exchange for service in the military. This offer brought many people into Texas to take advantage of the beautiful area, rich soil and many opportunities. It is currently located on US Highway 59, about 40 minutes from Houston, TX.
Father Peter La Cour came to the area in 1854, and it is believed he was the first priest to take residence in what is now Cleveland, Texas. He built a church and a convent near what is now the main townsite. The main part of town was started in 1878, after Charles Lander Cleveland gave 63 acres to the Houston, East and West Texas Railroad. His only stipulation was that they had to name a station after him.
Once the station was built, it became a junction in 1900 for the railroad, which is now called the Southern Pacific and the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe, which was later renamed to the Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. The town took the name of the station that brought so much life into the area.
In 1935, the town was incorporated and it was estimated that about 1,200 people called Cleveland home. This grew to over 5,900 people by 1980 and it is now estimated that 7,124 residents are living within Cleveland, Texas.
There are many different historical sites and places for fun in Cleveland. The Austin Memorial Library Center is a favorite of the residents and serves the community in many different ways. The Little Theater provides regular performances for the town and they are usually packed.
An annual rodeo is also held, and is a big draw from competitors from all over the state of Texas. The nearby Sam Houston National Forest offers a great chance to see native trees, wildlife and plants all in one preserved location. There are also two parks located within the town’s limits.
Businesses in Cleveland are known for their production of timber, lumber and byproducts, due to the density of the forests in the area. Oil is also a big export, as well as gas, cattle, farm products and sand and gravel. These products are vital to the economy of Cleveland.
Cleveland is located in Liberty County, which was added to the Houston Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area in 1965. This move reflected the amount of people that were selecting Cleveland as their home and commuting to nearby Houston. Many residents today still commute daily and it is considered a great place to find an apartment.
If you enjoy a peaceful setting, filled with parks, culture and many different opportunities for fun in nearby Houston, an apartment in Cleveland, Texas should fit your needs quite nicely. You’ll be just minutes away from all the excitement of Houston and seconds away from the many things to do in Cleveland.
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