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La Porte in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Five Points - The Hub of the City

 
 
Five Points - The Hub of the City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, May 18, 2019
1. Five Points - The Hub of the City Marker
Inscription.  "Five Points" is where five main roads converged on what was then the center of town. The roads, which started out as trails, were East Main, West Main, North Broadway, South Broadway and San Jacinto Streets. The spot became a reference point for people when they were giving directions or describing buildings.

The grading and laying out of the streets for the "New Gulf City" or La Porte also began at Five Points. For many years, instead of street lights, there was a roundabout that people would use to get from one street to another.

East Main went from Five Points to Morgan's Point and the Ferry. West Main was THE main street for downtown La Porte. The numbering of the blocks began at Five Points withe 100 East Main, 100 West Main etc. San Jacinto Street began at Five Points and went directly to Sylvan Beach Park and Galveston Bay, where much of the shipping of the area took place in the early days. South Broadway went to Shoreacres, Seabrook, Kemah and eventually to Galveston.

Over the years a variety of businesses located at Five Points, including Brenton-McKay bank, La Porte State Bank, Five Points Cafe, the
Five Points - The Hub of the City Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, May 18, 2019
2. Five Points - The Hub of the City Plaza
Marker can be seen on the left side of the arched entrance to the plaza
first original movie house called "The Picture Show," the MacLa theater, Humble Service Station, Texaco Service station, Earnie's Meat Market, McMillan's Chevrolet and the Kaiser-Frasier Car Dealership, Amco and Magnolia Service Stations, and Posey's TV.

In 2010 the City of La Porte constructed a new Town Plaza in the location that was once the focal point for the city.
 
Location. 29° 39.908′ N, 95° 1.147′ W. Marker is in La Porte, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway and Main Street, on the right when traveling north on Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Porte TX 77571, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First City Hall and Jail (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Besson Building (about 800 feet away); Saint Mary's Seminary (approx. 0.8 miles away); John A. Grimes Memorial Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); New Washington (approx. 0.9 miles away); Col. James Morgan (approx. 0.9 miles away); La Porte's Original Library (approx. 0.9 miles away); The La Porte-Sylvan Beach Depot (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Porte.
 
Also see . . .  La Porte in the Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on May 19, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 19, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 19, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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