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

Bellaire

 
 
Bellaire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, March 17, 2013
1. Bellaire Marker
Inscription. William Wright Baldwin, president of the South End Land Company, founded Bellaire in 1908 on part of the 9,449-acre ranch once owned by William Marsh Rice, benefactor of Rice Institute (now Rice University). Baldwin surveyed the eastern 1,000 acres of the ranch into small truck farms, which he named Westmoreland Farms. He platted Bellaire in the middle of the farms to serve as an exclusive residential neighborhood and agricultural trading center. The project was separated from Houston by approximately six miles of prairie.

South End Land Company advertisements, targeted to midwestern farmers, noted that Bellaire (“Good Air”) was named for the area's Gulf breezes. The original townsite was bounded by Palmetto, First, Jessamine, and Sixth (now Ferris) streets. Bellaire Boulevard and an electric streetcar line connected Bellaire to Houston. The town was incorporated in 1918, and C.P. Younts served as first mayor.

The post-war building boom in the late 1940s and early 1950s resulted in rapid population growth. Completely surrounded by the expanding city of Houston by 1949, Bellaire nevertheless retained its independence and its own city government.
 
Erected 1990 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10614.)
 
Location.
Bellaire City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, March 17, 2013
2. Bellaire City Hall
29° 42.18′ N, 95° 28.085′ W. Marker is in Bellaire, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of South Rice Avenue and Laurel Street, on the right when traveling south on South Rice Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is located in front of Bellaire City Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7008 S Rice Ave, Bellaire TX 77401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bellaire Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bellaire Streetcar Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); Texan Capture of Mexican Dispatches (approx. 0.3 miles away); Forum of Civics of River Oaks Garden Club (approx. 4.1 miles away); Holcombe House (approx. 4.6 miles away); Holland Lodge No. 1 (approx. 5 miles away); St. Paul's United Methodist Church (approx. 5 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Houston (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bellaire.
 
Also see . . .
1. City of Bellaire Website. (Submitted on March 19, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. Bellaire Historical Society. (Submitted on March 19, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
3. Profile of the City of Bellaire. (Submitted on March 19, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
4. Bellaire in Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 19, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
5. Bellaire in The Handbook of Texas
City of Bellaire Emblem image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, March 17, 2013
3. City of Bellaire Emblem
. (Submitted on March 19, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Old City Hall Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, March 17, 2013
4. Old City Hall Plaque
School Entrance Across the Street image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, March 17, 2013
5. School Entrance Across the Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 383 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 19, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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