Introduction to Dickinson, Texas
Dickinson, Texas, in Galveston county, is about 23 miles NW of Galveston, Texas (center to center) and 28 miles SE of Houston, Texas. The city, which is considered part of the Galveston - Texas City metropolitan area, has a population of 17,093.
In 1824, John Dickinson received a land grant from the Mexican government. A community was established around 1850, and named "Dickinson" in his honor. A decade later, a railroad stop for the Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad was established in the city. The Dickinson Land and Improvement Association was organized in the 1890s by several businessmen to market the unoccupied areas of Dickinson. In the late 19th and early 20th century, fruit production was a major industry in Dickinson. Gradually, gambling became an important part of the economy as well. Following the development of the oil industry, the city experienced significant industrialization and growth. Dickinson was officially incorporated in 1977.
Dickinson and Nearby Attractions
- Texas Seaport Museum
- Bishop's Palace
- Lone Star Flight Museum
- Armand Bayou Nature Center
- Galveston Island State Park
- Houston Zoo
Things To Do In Dickinson
Dickinson offers easy access to several museums. San Jacinto Monument and Museum marks where the Battle of San Jacinto occurred, while Lone Star Flight Museum houses artifacts reflecting the history of aviation. Bishop's Palace, a historic site built in the late 1800s, was the home of Confederate colonel and congressman, Walter Gresham. The Armand Bayou Nature Center displays live animals, and also offers opportunities for bird watching. Among the other popular attractions close to Dickinson are the Houston Zoo, the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, Moody Gardens, and AstroWorld amusement park.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport is close by.
Dickinson Higher Education
Nearby colleges include the College of the Mainland, Galveston College, Texas A&M University - Galveston, and Alvin Community College.