“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hitchcock in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

City of Hitchcock

City of Hitchcock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, February 9, 2012
1. City of Hitchcock Marker
Inscription. In region held before 1820s by Karankawa Indians, and afterwards by cattle raisers. The Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway built through the area in 1870s, naming station for Galveston civic leader and late landowner, Lent Munson Hitchcock (1810-1869). On the railway, George Henckel in 1880s opened a produce commission house. Leaders among fruit and vegetable growers included Emil and Hypolite Perthius, H. M. Stringfellow, and Jacques Tacquard. Stores, a butcher shop, bakery, hotel, and saloons were established. The townsite was platted and public school opened 1894.

Churches were active. St. Mary's (later Our Lady of Lourdes) Catholic parish had first house of worship. A building for Protestants, soon a Methodist church, was erected 1894. Other faiths arrived later.

After 1920, truck farming declined; packing houses closed. In 1930s, local men found work in Texas City.

A Coast Auxiliary Army Replacement Center opened here in 1940; it later became Camp Wallace, an anti-aircraft training center. A blimp base was operated 1941-45, for surveillance against enemy submarines.

Hitchcock remains a center of small business and industry, with modern homes on garden acreage owned and occupied by urban and industrial workers.
Erected 1973 by Texas Historical Commission
City of Hitchcock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, February 9, 2012
2. City of Hitchcock Marker
Marker is in a roadside park. Marker on right in picture.
. (Marker Number 7491.)
Location. 29° 21.185′ N, 95° 1.966′ W. Marker is in Hitchcock, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on Texas Route 6 west of Texas Route 2004, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8916 Texas 6, Hitchcock TX 77563, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. U. S. Naval Air Station (approx. 0.8 miles away); Camp Wallace (approx. 0.8 miles away); Stringfellow Orchards (approx. one mile away); Galilee Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 2.3 miles away); Hitchcock Depot (approx. 2.3 miles away); Original Site of First Baptist Church of Alta Loma (approx. 3.1 miles away); Alta Loma (approx. 3.2 miles away); Frank Bell Jr. (approx. 3.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hitchcock.
Also see . . .  Hitchcock, Texas. Wikipedia (Submitted on February 14, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 366 times since then and 59 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.
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