Texas City Texas — Fun Things to Do

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Texas City is a city in Galveston County in the US state of Texas. Located on the southwest shoreline of Galveston Bay, Texas City is a busy deepwater port on Texas’ Gulf Coast, as well as a petroleum refining and petrochemical manufacturing center. It is a part of Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. The city is notable as the site of a major explosion in 1947 that demolished the port and nearly destroyed the city.

Three duck hunters in 1891 noted that a location along Galveston Bay, known locally as Shoal Point, had the potential to become a major port. Shoal Point had existed since the 1830s, when veterans of the Texas Revolution were awarded land for their services. The name was applied to the community when a post office opened in 1878. The duck hunters were three brothers from Duluth, Minnesota named Benjamin, Henry and Jacob Myers. After they returned to Duluth, they formed the Myers Brothers syndicate, convinced other investors to put up money to buy 10,000 acres of Galveston Bay Frontage, including Shoal Point. They renamed the area Texas City.

Today, Texas City is home to many refineries.

Texas City Attractions:

Dike and Marina…The Texas City Dike extends five miles into Galveston Bay with a fishing pier beyond the tip of the dike.  It offers the deepest water for pier fishing in the state.  Visitors can also find a beach, boat launch, bait, camping and a motel.

Frank B. Davison Home…This 1897 Victorian structure houses period furnishing and archives dating back to the Karankawa tribe and Jean Laffite’s pirates.  Located at 109 Third Avenue N.  Admission Charge.

Texas City Museum...This museum features the history of Texas City, the birth of the U.S. Air Force, the 1947 Texas City explosion,, an a replica of a 1913 Army camp.  The Children’s Discovery Place offers a dinosaur dig, Mexican mercado and zoetropes.  Located at 409 Sixth St.

Recommended Restaurants:

The Reef Seafood House…lots of oceanic decor…located at 1301 31st 1/2 St. N.

Beyond Burger…burger place…located at 10510 Emmett F. Lowry Pkwy.

When visiting Texas City nearby attractions include Kemah, La Marque, Galveston and Houston.

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Prairies and Lakes March Events

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Prairie and Lakes Events Arlington March 31…Maverick Speaker Series: Jane Goodall…College Park Center at UT Arlington Belton Through March 12… Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race…www.bellcountymuseum.org March 12…Bell County Museum Great Garage Sale…www.bellcountymuseum.org March 12-18…Spring Break at the Bell County Museum…www.bellcountymuseum.org March 19…Discover Day with Charley Chisholm…www.bellcountymuseum.org March 19-20… Sami Show Marketplace…Bell County Expo Center […]

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