Introduction to South Houston, Texas
South Houston History
C.S. Woods, an employee of the Western Land Company, founded a community in this region in 1907, which was then known as "Dumont." In 1910, a post office was established and in 1913, the town was incorporated as "South Houston." Initially, local farmers earned their livelihood by shipping fruits and vegetables along the Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad. However, most of the industries in South Houston were destroyed by a hurricane in 1915. Establishment of the Houston Ship Channel helped spur the growth and development of the community, and soon heavy industries flourished in the city.
South Houston and Nearby Attractions
- Battleship Texas State Historical Site
- 1940 Air Terminal Museum
- Contemporary Arts Museum
- Sheldon Lake State Park
- Houston Zoo
- Armand Bayou Nature Center
Things To Do In South Houston
South Houston is proximate to a number of museums including the 1940 Air Terminal Museum, Houston Fire Museum, Museum of Printing History, Space Center Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, and Houston Museum of Natural Science. San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site marks the place where the Texans won a decisive victory in their battle for independence from Mexico. Battleship Texas State Historical Site, close to the San Jacinto Monument, is the resting place of the former battleship which was used during World Wars I and II, and fired on Nazi defenses in 1944. Armand Bayou Nature Center features live animal displays, and also offers opportunities for hiking, and bird watching. Various other recreational activities can be enjoyed at the Hermann Park, and Sheldon Lake State Park. Other nearby attractions are the Houston Zoo, AstroWorld, Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and Houston Arboretum & Nature Center.
South Houston Transportation
George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the nearest major airport.
South Houston Higher Education
San Jacinto College-South Campus, University of Houston-University Park, and Texas Southern University are close to South Houston.