La Porte in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Advertising to prospective settlers in New York State and the Midwest, the developers began selling lots by January 1892. Soon a hotel, general mercantile store, and U.S. Post Office opened in the new town. The La Porte, Houston, and Northern Railroad, chartered in 1892, completed a line to Sylvan Beach Resort in 1899. Along with agriculture, the beach became the town's main economic mainstay.
The original investment company became insolvent by 1895, but a new company purchased the land in 1898 and continued development efforts. Disastrous effects of the 1900 storm, as well as another storm and a fire in 1915, the discovery of the Goose Creek oil field in 1916, and the industrialization of the area following World War II, resulted in an increased population and a shift away from the agricultural character of the town.
Erected 1992 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10715.)
Location. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 604 W Fairmont Pkwy, La Porte TX 77571, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First City Hall and Jail (approx. 0.9 miles away); Saint Mary's Seminary (approx. 0.9 miles away); John A. Grimes Memorial Park (approx. 1.7 miles away); New Washington (approx. 1.7 miles away); Col. James Morgan (approx. 1.7 miles away); Gribble-Hofheinz House (approx. 1.8 miles away); Governor Ross Sterling Mansion (approx. 2.1 miles away); Bay Ridge / Morgan's Point (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in La Porte.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 440 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.