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Named after Sam Houston, the city was founded in 1836. Houston is now the fourth largest city in the United states with 627 square miles of land and 3.0 million residents. The Houston metro area is home to 6.3 million people and is larger than the state of New Jersey. Houston's economy is larger than the country of Sweden (and 200 other countries). Houston has 17.5 million annual visitors.
Bayou City, H-Town, Magnolia City, Capital of the Sunbelt, Clutch City, The Big Heart, and Hustletown.
- 1853-Houston's first railroad begins operation (Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado Railroad).
- 1868-Houston has its first trolley cars (and they are mule-drawn).
- 1899-Houston's first park opens, Sam Houston Park.
- 1913-Houston Symphony is established.
- 1924-Houston Museum of Fine Arts opens. It is the first fine arts museum in Texas.
- 1943-Texas Medical Center is founded.
- 1962-NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center moves to Houston.
- 1965-World's first domed stadium.
- 1969-Houston Intercontinental Airport begins operations.
- 1969-"Houston" was the first word spoken from the moon because Neil Armstrong was speaking to the Houston Space Center.
- Houston ranks first in value for money (Forbes).
- The port of Houston ranks first in the U.S. in international waterborne tonnage.
- Houston rates first in total park acreage among U.S. cities.
- 1853-condensed milk (Gail Borden)
- 1940-underwire bra (Howard Hughes)
- 1962-breast implants (Thomas Cronin and Frank Gerow)
- 1971-weed eater (George Ballas)
- 1979-screwpull wine bottle opener (Herbert Allen)
Houston Fun Facts
- More than 145 languages are spoken in Houston.
- Houston has resident professional companies in the four disciplines of the performing arts: theater, symphony, ballet, and opera.
- Houstonians eat out more than residents of any other city (4.8 times per week according to a Zagat Survey.
- Houston has the largest medical center in the world, the Texas Medical Center.
- Houston's I-10 is the widest freeway in the world.
- The #1 city for job creation in the United States (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic.s
- Only New York City is home to more Fortune 500 headquarters in the city limit.
- The Houston Museum District draws more than 7 million visitors per year.
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