La Marque Texas — Fun Things to Do

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La Marque Texas

La Marque Texas (formerly Lamarque) is a city in Galveston County, approximately 50 miles south of Houston, Texas. The city population in 2010 was 14,509. La Marque experienced considerable growth in the 1950s. During this period of growth, La Marque provided a general administrative, trades and crafts workforce helping to support the petrochemical complex in adjoining Texas City. It is the hometown of Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Robin Armstrong.

La Marque, also known as Highlands and as Buttermilk Station, is an incorporated residential community on Interstate Highway 45, State Highway 3, and Farm roads 519, 1765, and 2004, some twelve miles northwest of Galveston in northwestern Galveston County. The community was originally known as Highlands, probably for its location near Highland Creek, and was renamed in the 1890s when residents learned of another mainland community of the same name. Madam St. Ambrose, postmistress, chose the new name, which in French means “the mark.”

The community’s post office operated from 1887 until the 1930s. During the Civil War, the town was known as Buttermilk Station after the soldiers’ practice of purchasing buttermilk there on the trip between Galveston and Houston. In 1867 the town had six families and its residents raised cattle or rice. The local population rose from 100 in 1890 to 175 in 1896, when the community had a Baptist church and several fruit growers. A school with fourteen students existed before 1895, when Amos Stewart gave land for a larger facility. By 1909 two teachers served an enrollment of fifty-five students, and in 1913 further construction began.

By 1914 the community had been reached by four railroads: the International and Great Northern; the Galveston, Houston and Henderson; the Missouri, Kansas and Texas; and the Interurban. At that time La Marque had both a railroad station and general store located in a private home.

La Marque Texas Attractions:

Gulf Greyhound Park… This complex features three levels, each with a dining an viewing options,  Other unique features include 318 teller windows and more than 1100 closed circuit televisions.  Tables in the Terrace Clubhouse (reservations recommended) overlook the track.  One block west of I-45 South at Exit. 15

Highland Bayou Park…Offers volleyball, tennis, basketball and horseshoe areas, plus fishing ponds and picnic tables  Located at I-45 South at Exit 10.

 La Marque Texas Recommended Restaurants:

Kelley’s Country Cookin…old school american food… Located at 4604 Gulf Fwy.

Benito’s International Restaurant…good food, family atmosphere and simple buffet.  Located at 1309 1st. St.

Barcenas…MexicanRestaurant… Located at 11013 Delaney St.

When visiting La Marque Texas nearby attractions include Texas City,  Santa Fe, Galveston, Kemah, and Dickinson.

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