Houston Neighborhood: Deer Park and Pasadena – Origins of the Lone Star State
Deer Park is a Houston suburb located about 19 miles from downtown Houston (and 44 miles from Galveston if you’re a beach lover), and is a popular spot for many people to settle down and buy houses and raise a family. But it’s more than houses, there’s quite a bit of history too.
Deer Park is a community proud of its standing as “The Birthplace of Texas,” the site where Sam Houston and General Santa Anna drafted the initial treaty papers securing Texas’ independence from Mexico in 1836.
In recent years Deer Park has ranked among SafeWise.com’s list of the 50 Safest Texas Cites, CNN Money’s Top 25 Cites in the U.S. for Affordable Homes, and has been recognized as a contender for CNN’s list of 100 Best Places to Live. Not too shabby for the vibrant and historical city.
During your visit, be sure to stop by San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, Where Independence Was Won! One of the most popular attractions in the area is Battleship Texas, which took part in some of the most significant naval battles of the 20th century during both world wars. Now docked along Houston’s Ship Channel, she serves as a memorial to those turbulent times, where visitors can walk her decks marking a truly memorable experience. There is no fee to enter the grounds, but tours are $12 (kids under three are free). There are great picnic grounds to make it a full afternoon and even a souvenir store and snack bar (usually open on the weekends).
You can also tour the San Jacinto Museum of History, in the base of the San Jacinto Monument, with exhibits that chronicle more than 400 years of early Texas history. Whether you’re visiting the area for the first time or you’ve been many times, exploring Texas history is one of the best ways to make memorable visit. Here you’ll be able to uncover the origins of the Lone Star State and get a sense of why Texans have such great pride in their state.
Deer Park is also home to San Jacinto College, one of the most well known community colleges in the Houston area. According to the college’s website, “San Jacinto College is as prolific as any other two-year school in the nation when it comes to sending players to the professional ranks. Houston area baseball fans are well versed in the success of former players Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens, but there are more. Baltimore pitchers Matt Albers and Mike Gonzelz, St. Louis outfielder Nick Stavinoha, Minnesota pitcher Jesse Crain, Boston pitcher Robert Manuel, and San Diego pitcher Jared Wells are also former San Jac players on major league rosters heading into spring training.” Late actor Patrick Swayze was also an alumni of the college.
For more information on things to see and do in Deer Park, stop by the Visitors Center, located at 203 Ivy Avenue in Suite 606 of the Economic Alliance Building weekdays from 8:30a – 12:30p.
Pasadena, a city founded in 1893, is located off State Highway 225 between Houston and Deer Park in southeastern Harris County. Pasadena has a population of more than 141,000, making it the 15th largest city in Texas.
Heritage Park and Museum, which preserves the rich history of the big city, offers visitors a unique glimpse of the history and culture of the actual birthplace of free Texas, making it a big attraction. The city began as a small agricultural outpost and has grown big-time over the last 100 years with attractions including Galveston Bay, the Port of Houston and one of the world’s largest refining and chemical manufacturing complexes.
After the Galveston hurricane of 1900 Clara Barton of the American Red Cross, purchased 1½ million strawberry plants for Gulf Coast farmers. Pasadena quickly established itself as the strawberry capital of the region, which is why one of the area’s most coveted events is the annual Strawberry Festival, which usually takes place in May.
The city of Houston is known throughout the world for their annual rodeo, but Pasadena has their own Livestock Show & Rodeo, which is one of the most attended events in all of Pasadena.