South Houston is located just outside of Pasadena, Texas in the southeastern portion of Harris County. It is located in the Houston Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area, two miles to the southeast of the intersection of Interstate Highway 45 and State Highway 3.
The town's original name was Dumont when it was founded in 1907 by C.S. Woods of the Western Land Company. Progress came swiftly and a post office was founded 1910. A mayor named Walter Tharp was elected after 1913 when the town was incorporated.
Truck farms were popular in the town during its formative years. Produce including strawberries, figs and several different types of vegetables. The nearby tracks from the Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad made produce shipping very easy and residents prospered. However, the hurricane of 1915 destroyed much of the town and the new businesses that had just started.
The new Houston Ship Channel injected more life into the area following the hurricane and many more businesses got their start. Heavier industrial companies got their start and produced candy, toys, and railroad equipment. This produced rapid growth for South Houston and the population grew quickly.
The town mayor during 1949 to 1951 and 1960 to 1964 was George Christy, a man known for his colorful personality. Christy was a circus owner and he utilized the circus elephants to help build Spencer Highway. By 1960, the population had grown to over 7,500 people.
Small industrial companies were attracted to South Houston and began producing asphalt, concrete conduits, oil field chemicals and wire products. These companies helped the growth of the town and improved the overall economic outlook for the area. Many residents found new jobs with these companies and more workers came into the area.
In 1990, the estimated population had risen to over 14,000 people and business was still booming. Over 300 businesses are located in the area and many of the residents are employed there or commute to nearby Houston.
There are many public services offered by South Houston as well as plenty of opportunities for recreation. The library and hospital are state-of-the-art and new fire fighting equipment ensures that residents will be kept safe. There are also many attractions in nearby towns, such as the Hobby Airport that is popular with families and aircraft enthusiasts. The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center is also a popular destination.
There are several historical sites in the area, including the San Jacinto battlegrounds and museums. All of these locations will be in easy driving distance from an apartment located in South Houston. If you want a quiet atmosphere that is convenient to several neighboring attractions, South Houston is a great place to get an apartment.
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