TEXAS CITY- LA MARQUE
Although separate communities, twin cities share the heritage,
business and living areas. Texas City was originally called Shoal
Point; real growth began in 1891 when financiers from Minnesota
purchased site for real estate, rail, and port development.
LaMarque was originally known as Highland; name changed in 1882
when the post office was granted. It became a station on the International
Great Northern Railroad in 1896.
Today the two cities between Houston and Galveston are both a
pleasant residential area and site of major industrial and port
facilities. Industries include tin smelter, oil refineries, metal
fabrication and chemical plant. Port ships grain, cotton, sulfur,
petroleum and chemical products. Location of College of the Mainland.
Recreational opportunities include boating, fishing, swimming,
sailing, and picnicking; municipal golf course and all-weather
municipal shooting range.
Shoppers find bargains at the Lone Star Factory Outlet Stores
on I-45 at Delany Road in La Marque.
COLLEGE OF MAINLAND ART GALLERY
DIKE AND MARINA
FRANK B. DAVISON HOME
GULF GREYHOUND PARK
- COLLEGE OF MAINLAND ART GALLERY
- Exhibits of art by regional and national artists. Open Mon.
to Fri. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during exhibitions. 8001 Palmer
Highway. For information call 409-938-1211, ext. 348.
- DIKE AND MARINA - Texas City Dike
extends five miles into Galveston Bay with 600 foot fishing pier
beyond tip of dike. Pier offers the deepest water for pier fishing
in the state where anglers often take speckled trout, redfish,
flounder, and tarpon. Visitors also find beach, boat launching,
and service facilities, bait, camping, and motel accommodations.
- FRANK B. DAVISON HOME - 1897 Victorian
structure with period furnishings and archives dating back to
Karankawa Indians and Jean LaFitte's pirates. 109 3rd Avenue.
- GULF GREYHOUND PARK - Greyhound
racing year round. Air-conditioned grandstand facility features
four levels, each offering dining and viewing options. Racing
Tues. - Sun. with matinee racing Wed., Fri., Sat., and Sun. Post
times 1:30 p.m. For Racing information call 409-935-7171, or 1-800-ASK
2 WIN outside 409 area code.
- PARKS - Twelve municipal parks
offer playgrounds, 2 swimming pools, baseball diamonds, tennis
courts, and picnic grounds.
- VISITOR CENTER - Gateway Visitor's
Center, operated by Galveston County, offers information on events,
accommodations, dining a of interest for Galveston County. 1-800-264-2684.
At 1849 Gulf Freeway South (I-45), Exit 22.
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