Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas – Named After Sam Houston The General And President Of The Republic of Texas

Houston, Texas was formed when the Allen brothers acquired a tract of land on Buffalo Bayou near the former town of Harrisburg.

Main Street Houston in 1856.

On June 5, 1836 the city of Houston, Texas, was founded when the Allen brothers named the town after Sam Houston, the War of 1812 veteran, former Tennessee Governor and the General and President of the Republic of Texas, in hopes of having him move it the capital from Columbia to Houston.

Painting of Sam Houston.

The city was temporarily the capital of Texas and quickly developed into the “Capital of Commerce” for the state, where seventeen railroads would intersect for the shipment of goods.

Downtown Houston, Texas in the late 1800s.

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