Introduction to Missouri City, Texas
Missouri City, Texas, in Fort Bend county, is 14 miles SW of Houston, Texas. Missouri City is part of the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area. It includes the master-planned upscale community known as Lake Olympia. Missouri City is conveniently located near primary freeways and rail lines. It serves as a bedroom community for Houston. The municipality has a smaller amount of apartment complexes and condominiums than other cities of comparable size. Retail and service are primary industries.
Missouri City Nearby Attractions
Missouri City is primarily a suburb. Residents enjoy the attractions and activities of Houston. Some of the notable attractions in the county include:
- Fort Bend County Fair and Livestock Show is a ten day event which includes a parade, rides, music and country dancing. It's one of the largest county fairs in the state.
- Fort Bend County Museum features exhibits of the history of the county and showcases the John M. and Dottie L. Moore Home which is a Reconstruction era mansion.
- Fort Bend Theater offers family entertainment.
- George Ranch Historical Park provides an insight into the lifestyle during the early days of the region and includes the notable Victorian Davis House.
- Great Southwest Equestrian Center offers horse shows and events and includes a beautiful Southern mansion.
- Rosenberg Railroad Museum provides information about the history of the railroad in the region and includes artifacts and equipment.
Missouri City History
In 1890 a couple of real estate developers from Houston bought land near the BBB&C railroad. They placed advertisements for the sale of land plots in the St. Louis Missouri region. Another developer purchased property in the area and the three developers named the area Missouri City in order to entice people from St. Louis to buy their land. The city developed as a railroad town. Farming and ranching were major factors for the economy.
In 1919 oil was discovered in the close by Blue Ridge area. Missouri City served as the shipping location for the oil and the salt produced from a nearby salt mine. In the early stages of the 20th century people relocated in Missouri City and commuted to work in Houston. In 1956 the municipality was incorporated primarily due to the concern that Houston would attempt to annex the unincorporated town. Middle class African-Americans relocated to Missouri City in the 1970's.
Missouri City Higher Education
Missouri City is served by the Houston Community College System. The University of Houston System at Cinco Ranch, University of Houston System at Sugar Land and the Wharton County Junior College are nearby.
Missouri City Transportation
The city is served by the nearby Sugar Land Regional Airport and the George Bush Intercontinental Airport.