Introduction to West University Place, Texas
West University Place, Texas, in Harris county, is 5 miles SW of Houston, Texas.
West University Place History
In 1910, the then-Governor of Tennessee, Ben W. Hooper, had the idea to establish a community of country homes which resulted in the birth of West University Place. The area was once surveyed by A.C. Reynolds, and was originally part of a Spanish land grant. The Houston West End Realty Company developed the community and put lots up for sale on April 1st, 1917. The city was named "West University Place" because of its proximity to the Rice Institute, which is now known as Rice University. It was officially incorporated in 1924, and a formal city charter was adopted in 1940.
West University Place and Nearby Attractions
- 1940 Air Terminal Museum
- Battleship Texas State Historical Site
- Museum of Fine Arts
- Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
- Armand Bayou Nature Center
- Sheldon Lake State Park
Things To Do In West University Place
The city of West University Place is close to several museums including the 1940 Air Terminal Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Printing History, and National Museum of Funeral History. San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site marks where the Texans fought for independence from the Mexican rule. Bishop's Palace, another place of historic significance near the city, was the 19th century home of Confederate colonel and congressman, Walter Gresham. Armand Bayou Nature Center features live animal displays, and also offers opportunities for bird watching, and hiking. Among other popular places to visit are Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Houston Zoo, AstroWorld, and Houston Arboretum & Nature Center.
West University Place Transportation
George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the closest major airport.
West University Place Higher Education
Colleges near West University Place are Rice University, Texas Southern University, University of Houston - University Park, and University of Saint Thomas.