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 – Exhibits of art by regional and national artists.8001 Palmer Highway.
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. Admission.
GULF GREYHOUND PARK – Greyhound racing year round. Air-conditioned grandstand facility features four levels, each offering dining and viewing options.
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. At 1849 Gulf Freeway South (I-45), Exit 22.