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Founded on August 30, 1836 by Augustus and John Allen, known as “The Allen Brothers” who paid slightly over $1.40 an acre for 6,6642 acres. Houston is named after Sam Houston, who was also an honorary member of the Cherokee nation, commander of the military and a politician that led the battle for Texas’s independence from Mexico. Mr. Sam Houston also had a bit of an “anger management issue” and once viciously beat up Congressman William Stanbery with his hickory walking cane for saying derogatory things while on the floor of congress about him and the Cherokees! Congressman Stanbery however, later would raise a pistol to Sam Houston and tried shooting Mr. Houston in the chest but the gun jammed saving Houston’s life! Houston did face charges though, but guess who was his defense attorney?? None other than Francis Scott Key! Key was probably best suited for authoring songs like our National Anthem though, as Houston was found guilty and fined $500 which he refused to ever pay.
Here are some things you learn, once you move to Houston…Queso is a staple of life! You’ll know who Mattress Mack is! Whataburger is really the ONLY fast food burger joint! You don’t think you will ever say the word “y’all” as a Houstonian wannabe but trust me…you will! High gas prices make people in Houston happy! You know that The Houston Texans are the ONLY pro football team! “Houston” was the first word spoken from the lunar surface.
At 655 square miles, the City of Houston could contain the cities of New York, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis and Miami.
Houston, with 2.2 million residents, is the fourth most populous city in the United States, trailing only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The city is the largest in the South and the Southwest.
Our demographics include: 38.8% Anglo, 35.9% Hispanic, 16.7% African American, 6.7% Asian/Other, 1.6% Other
More than 145 different languages are spoken in Houston.
Harris County offers 45 hike and bike trails totaling 228.8 miles.
Houston ranks first among U.S. cities where paychecks stretch the furthest, according to Forbes.
Houston rates first among the nation’s 10 most populous cities in total acreage of parkland and third behind only San Diego and Dallas in park acreage per capita, according to a study by The Trust for Public Land
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Elizabeth and Max