La Porte

La Porte, founded in 1892, is on the northwest shore of Trinity Bay, the inland extension of Galveston Bay; it covers an area of fifteen square miles in southeastern Harris County. It was established as a real estate venture by a group of men including A. M. and J. H. York, I. R. Holmes, and T. W. Lee, who chose the French word for "door" as its name. By 1900 La Porte had a population of 537. St. Mary's Seminary was founded there the same year by Bishop Nicholas A. Gallagher and remained there until 1954, when it was moved to Houston. In 1915 La Porte suffered from two major disasters-a fire that destroyed all of the downtown business district and a tremendous hurricane. During the 1920s and 1930s La Porte gained national attention because of Sylvan Beach Amusement Park, where a number of big bands, including those of Rudy Vallee, Phil Harris, and Benny Goodman, performed at dances and beauty contests. Until World War II La Porte continued as a sleepy little village, with only Sylvan Beach and the summer residents at Bay Ridge sustaining the economy. Shipyards in the area and the growing petrochemical industry along the channel provided employment for new residents.

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La Porte
Pop. Year Source
35,124 2020 United States Census Bureau
34,926 2019 Texas Demographic Center
33,800 2010 Texas Demographic Center
31,880 2000 Texas Demographic Center
27,923 1990 Texas Demographic Center
14,062 1980 Texas Demographic Center
7,149 1970 Texas Demographic Center
4,512 1960 Texas Demographic Center
4,429 1950 Texas Demographic Center
3,072 1940 Texas Demographic Center
1,280 1930 Texas Demographic Center
889 1920 Texas Demographic Center
678 1910 Texas Demographic Center
537 1900 Texas Demographic Center