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HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS

29 51' 36" N, 95 23' 24" W (29.86, -95.39)

Harris County Topics

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  • Harris County TX
    Contiguous Counties:
    Montgomery County (N) Liberty County (NE) Chambers County (E) Galveston County (SE) Brazoria County (S) Fort Bend County (SW) Waller County (NW)

    Harris County History

    (Historical Marker on Old Harris County Courthouse grounds, San Jacinto St., Houston)

    HARRIS COUNTY

    Inhabited during the 17th century by Karankawa and Orcoquiza Indians, and considered in 1756 by Spain for site of Presidio de San Agustin de Ahumada, this region was settled permanently in 1822 by the colonists of Stephen F. Austin. In 1824 John R. Harris (1790-1829) received title to 4,428 acres of land in Buffalo Bayou-Braes Bayou Junction area, and started village named for his family for Harrisburg, Pa., founded by his grandfather. Colonial settlements in the vicinity were Cedar Bayou, Lynchburg, Midway, Morgan's Point, New Kentucky, and Stafford's Point. First step toward local government was taken when Stephen F. Austin and the Baron de Bastrop met (1824) with colonists at the house of William Scott, Midway, to explain colonization laws. Harrisburg, a town by 1826, was one of the original and most influential colonial municipalities, with a major role in Texas War for Independence, which won freedom in 1836.

    The county of Harrisburg (later Harris) was created Dec. 30, 1836. The capital of the Texas Republic was within its boundaries for several years. In the Civil War, it was a command and ordnance center (1863-65), of Trans-Mississippi Department, Confederate Army. It has since grown into a center for world commerce.
    1972

    Harris County Courthouse
    Texas Harris County County Courthouse
    Harris County County Courthouse
    Photos courtesy Terry Jeanson

    Harris County Town List

    Cities, Towns & Ghost Towns: History, attractions, landmarks, architecture, monuments, museums, cemeteries, bridges, parks, vintage & contemporary images, area destinations, hotels, and forum.

    County Seat - Houston
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  • Aldine
  • Alief
  • Almeda
  • Bammel ghost town
  • Baytown
  • Bear Creek
  • Bellaire
  • Brunner ghost town
  • Champions
  • Channelview
  • Cypress
  • Deer Park
  • El Lago
  • Friendswood
  • Goose Creek ghost town
  • Houston county seat
  • Howellville
  • Huffman
  • Humble
  • Jacinto City
  • Jersey Village
  • Kingwood
  • Kohrville ghost town
  • La Porte
  • Lily White
  • Louetta ghost town
  • Lynchburg ghost town
  • Minnetex
  • Moonshine Hill ghost town
  • Morgan's Point
  • Mykawa
  • New Kentucky ghost town
  • North Houston ghost town
  • Pasadena
  • Pelly
  • Pine Grove ghost town
  • Podunk
  • Satsuma ghost town
  • Seabrook
  • Southside Place
  • Stewart Heights ghost town
  • Taylor Lake Village
  • Tomball
  • Waller

  • Harris County Vintage Maps
    TX Harria County  1907 Postal Map
    From 1907 Texas state map #2090 showing Harris County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX  Harris County 1920s Map
    From 1920 Texas state map #10749 showing Harris County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX  Harris County 1940s Map
    From 1940 Texas state map #4335 showing Harris County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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