Texas City and La Marque - Combined Population - 60,077 Altitude- 12


Although these two cities are separate communities, these twin cities share heritage, business and living areas.

This dike in Texas City, extends 5 miles into Gavelston Bay.Texas City was originally called Shoal Point; It's real growth began in 1891 when financiers from Minnesota purchased this site for real estate, rail, and port development.

La Marque was originally known as Highland; the name changed in 1882 when the post office was granted. It became a station on the International-Great Northern Railroad in 1896.

Today these twin cities between Houston and Galveston are both pleasant residential areas. They are also the sites of major industrial and port facilities. Industries include: tin smelter, oil refineries, metal fabrication and chemical plants, Port ships, grain, cotton, sulfur, petroleum and chemical products. The College of the Mainland is also located here.

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 1-45 at Delanv Rd. in La Marque.
For a list of special events, dining opportunities, or additional information for both cities, visit the chamber of commerce office Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m, 5 p.m. at 8419 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway., Suite 105, or call (409) 935-1408 or (713) 280-3917.

College of the Mainland Art Gallery-

Features exhibitions of art by regional and national artists. Open Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. during exhibitions. 8001 Palmer Highway. For information, 409/938-1211, ext. 348.

Dike and Marina-

This 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 state where anglers often take speckled trout, red fish, flounder, and tarpon. Visitors also find beach, boat launching and service facilities, bait, camping, and motel accommodations.

Frank B. Davison Home-

A beautiful 1897 Victorian structure with period furnishings and archives dating back to Karahkawa Indians and Jean Laffite's Pirates. Tours are on the 1 st. Sunday of each month, 2 - 5 p.m. 109 Third Ave. N. There is an admission fee.

Greyhounds running around and around in La Marque.Gulf Greyhound Park-

This park features Greyhound racing year round. This Air-conditioned grandstand facility features four levels, each offering dining and viewing options. Evening racing Tues. - Sun. with post time at 7:30 p.m. Matinee racing is Wed., Fri., Sat., Sun. with post time at 1:30 p.m. Gates open 30 minutes prior to post time. Located one block west of I-45 South at Exit 15 in La Marque. For racing information call, (409) 986-9500 or 1-800-ASK 2 WIN (275-2946) outside the 409 Area Code.


Twelve municipal parks offer playgrounds, 2 swimming pools, baseball diamonds, tennis courts and picnic grounds.

Visitor Center-

Gateway Visitors Center, operated by Galveston County, offers information on events, accommodations, dining and points of interest for Galveston County. Open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. At 1849 Gulf Freeway South (I-45), Exit 22. 1-800-264-2684 or (713)332-8822.



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