Happy Birthday, Houston!

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Houston will be 179-years-old on Sunday!

Houston Spotlight
Arts & Culture
August 28, 2015
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Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Celebrate Houston’s 179th birthday! Visit the place where it all began, “Houston’s Plymouth Rock,” Allen’s Landing!

A little history…

Allen’s Landing draws its name from the famous Allen brothers. On August 30, 1836, Augustus Chapman and John Kirby Allen founded Houston, Texas. Just after the conclusion of the Texas Revolution, the Allen brothers purchased more than 6,600 acres of land along the Buffalo Bayou. Their original plans for the city can be seen above.

Shortly after the purchase, John Kirby Allen was elected as a member of the Republic of Texas House of Representatives, where he served on the President’s staff. It is for the President of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston, that the Allen brothers named their city.

During his term in office, John Kirby Allen lobbied to make the newly founded city of Houston the capital of the Republic of Texas. He eventually was successful in his pursuit. Capital status helped Houston to survive its initial years and become the fourth most populated city in the nation today!



Allen's Landing, Houston Downtown

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