Name is Spanish for "Land of Flowers", chosen for the beautiful blooming meadows
along Vince's Bayou. Bayou figured prominently in Battle
of San Jacinto. Now a residential community closely tied
to the petrochemical and shipping industries along the
Houston Ship Channel. suburb and continued to grow with
rise of Houston. Home of San Jacinto Junior College and
Texas Chiropractic College. Northeast is site of capture
of Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna at Battle of San
Armand Bayou Nature Center-
1,800 acres in southeast
Harris County wiih the local plant and animal life in
their natural states in three major ecosystems hardwood
forest, tall grass prairie and the Estuarine Bayou.
Includes the Jimmy
Martyn Farm, a working
farm operated as it was at the turn of the century.
Recreational opportunities include hiking, canoeing
(rentals available), birding. Self-guided tours, or
guided tours through the preserved wilderness Sat. at 11
a.m., and 2 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Tours of the Martyn
Farm: Sat. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sun. I p.m. Open daily 9
a.m. - 5 p.m. except major holidays. 8600 Bay Area Blvd.
(7 mi. east of 1-45.) Call 713/474-2551. Adjacent to
Center is Bay Area Park, operated by Harris County. Free
one-hour boat ride on bayou Fri. 2 p.m., Sat., Sun. 10
a.m. and 2 p.m., weather permitting. (713/326-6539 for
reservations', no children under three.) Also picnicking,
sports fields and courts. Open daily except Thanksgiving
and Christmas. From Pasadena: South on Red Bluff Rd. to
Bay Area Blvd.-, west on Bay Area Blvd. to park. From
Houston: 1-45 south to Bay Area Blvd. exit, 8 miles east
on Bay Area Blvd,
Historical Museum &
Museum features local history from
pioneer times to present" displays of industrial
development, changing exhibits. Open Wed. - Fri. 9:30
a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Sat. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.-, Sun.1 - 5
p,m. Strawberry House: Historic 8-room house features
furnishings from 1890s to mid1940s. Open Sat., Sun. 1 - 5
p,m, In Pasadena Memorial Park, 201 Vince St.
(Texas 225 at Richey St. exit.) Phone (713)477-7237.