On August 30, 1836 Chapman Allen and John Kirby registered 6,642 acres along Buffalo Bayou named "Town of Houston" and nearly a year later it was incorporated. The original 6,642 acres has grown to 656.6 sq. miles in the last 175 years. In 1850, Houston had a population of 2,396.
Today, Houston has become our nation's fourth largest city with a population of 2.1 million and still growing. Houston encompasses a lot of land mass, so big it could contain the cities of New York, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Miami.
The Houston Chronicle listed 175 facts about Houston as a tribute to the great city. I went through them and listed what I thought to be interesting
- 86 Streets were named after men who were killed in WWII
- Generally, downtown Houston streets running north and south are called streets and those going east and west are called avenues. I.e. Texas Ave. San Jacinto St.
- The Theater District is 2nd only to NYC with its concentration of seats.
- The Galleria Mall gets 24 million annual visitors.
- More than 90 languages are spoken throughout the area
- The Port of Houston is the largest foreign waterborne tonnage port in U.S.
- 23 companies on the 2011 Fortune 500 are headquartered in Houston
- Houstonians dine out more than residents of any other city...An avg of four times per week.
- 10,000 runners use the Seymour-Leiberman Exer-Trail in Memorial Park daily
- Metro has about 1200 buses in its fleet
- The largest private employer in Houston is Memorial Hermann Health Care-19,500 employees.
- U of H has 38,752 enrolled at its central campus
- HISD is the 7th largest school district in the nation with 204,245 students and 298 schools.
- The average teacher salary in HISD (2009-10 school year) was $52,535
- There are 40 FM and 30 AM radio stations in Houston
- In 2010, Texas Medical Center logged in 6 million patients.
- Houston has more miles of HOV lanes than any other city in U. S.
- The Houston Airport System served 49.5 million passengers in 2010
- The Houston Zoo has more than 6,000 exotic animals
- January 1986 oil prices sink to $10 a barrel leaving Houston with an oil bust
- May 3, 1968 Dr. Denton Cooley performs nations first successful heart transplant
- Sept. 30, 1948 city's first freeway is dedicated...Gulf Freeway
- Sept. 11, 1962 President Kennedy visits Manned Spacecraft Center. and makes his pledge to put a man on the moon.
- 1957 Time magazine dubs Houston "Murdertown USA" 15 per every 100,000.
- If Houston were an independent nation, it would be the 30th largest economy.
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