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Houston is located in southeast Texas on I-10, about 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. It lies at the head of Galveston Bay and is connected with the bay and the gulf by the Houston Ship Channel.

Founded by the Allen brothers in August 1836 as a riverboat landing, the city is named for Sam Houston, a hero of the Texas Revolution. Houston was the capital of the Republic of Texas from 1837 to 1839.

Today Houston, population nearly 2,000,000, is the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest in the nation. The city is one of the nation's largest seaports, home of 18 Fortune 500 companies, and the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center headquarters. Texas Medical Center, the world's largest, is in Houston. The 17-block Theater District boasts eight performing arts organizations and more than 12,000 seats. More than 90 languages are spoken in the Houston area. The city plays host to a professional team for every major sport.

Houston is the seat of Harris County.

Houston Italian Festival | Lynn Michaels Salon | Audrey Novak | Evergreen Hotel | Franklin Beauty School | Houston Bible Institute | Houston Greek Festival | Howard Johnson Express Inn Houston Astrodome/Medical Center | M & M Word Processing Institute Inc | Microcomputer Technology Institute | Montessori Teacher Training | Ra Plaza Houston Near Galleria | Rob Allen | Southland Institute | Southwestern Paralegal Institute | Texas Bible College | Transworld Academy Inc | Travelodge Houston Fm 1960 |
Antique Shops and Shows Jas Gundry Antiques |
Art Alberto Godoy, artist | Anya Tish Gallery | Dean Day Gallery | Erwin Art | McClain Gallery | Meredith Long Gallery | Redbud Gallery | Thornwood Gallery | Adventure Bay Water Theme Park | Six Flags Astroworld |
Education Celebration Station | Oil Ranch | Texas Southern University |
Restaurants, Cafes, Delis, Bakeries Brownstone Restaurant | Christie's Steaks and Seafood Restaurant | Fabio’s Italian Bar & Gril | Floyd's Cajun Kitchen | La Mexicana Restaurant | La Tapatia Mexican Restaurant | Little Havana Cafe | Los Andes Restaurant | Resa's Prime Steakhouse and Piano Bar |
Golf Hilton Houston Hobby Airport |
History Allen's Landing/Old Market Square | American Funeral Service Museum | Railroad Train Museum |
Motels, Hotels and Resorts Comfort Inn West/Energy Corridor | Homestead Houston Galleria | Lancaster Hotel Houston | Radisson Hotel Astrodome Convention Ctr |
Residential and Commercial Real Estate Ann Eschenfelder, Realtor | Aspen Square Management | Pennington-Chen Real Estate | Plant and Machinery Auctions | RE/MAX Westside Realtors |
Shopping Western Gift Ideas |
Sports and Sporting Events Laredo Hunt Club | North Morgan Creek Ranches | Texas Ice Stadium | The Reef |
Transportation Andrau Airpark Airport | Clover Field Airport | Sugar Land Muni/hull Field Airport |
Texas Counties Harris County |
Vacation Rentals HOLI-SWAPS Vacation Home Exchange |

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11/21 Coming to The area
Pearland Crawfish Festival Pearland TX April5-7 Great crawfish, food, music, and fun.
Great Texas Mosquito Festival Clute TX July25-27 Many booths with a variety of foods, along with arts and crafts and more. The carnival provides three days of fun for children and adults.
Houston Hot Sauce Festival Houston TX September21-22 The Houston Hot Sauce Festival, conducted in September, showcases everything from sauce, salsa and spices to jams, jellies and pickles. The festival also features cooking demonstrations and on stage entertainment.


Texas Rice Festival Winnie TX October2-6 Bar-B-Que Cook-off Weekend, Horseshoe & Washer Pitching Tournaments, Rice Run 5k & Kids Fun Run, Queen’s Coronation & Street Dance
Houston Italian Festival Houston TX October10-13 Fiesta Italiana! Bringing Italian culture to life.
Texas Renaissance Festival Plantersville TX October12-December1 Men and women decked out in the latest in 16th century Renaissance garb, jousting, juggling, dancing and feasting at the King's banquet hall.