South Houston

South Houston is adjacent to Pasadena two miles southeast of the intersection of Interstate Highway 45 and State Highway 3, in southeastern Harris County. It is a part of the Houston Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town was named Dumont when it was founded in 1907 by C. S. Woods of the Western Land Company. By 1910 a post office had been established, and by 1913 the town was incorporated as South Houston. The first elected mayor was Walter Tharp. During the town's early years local growers shipped the produce of truck farms, including strawberries, figs, and various vegetables, on the tracks of the Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad. The industries that emerged, however, were destroyed by the hurricane of 1915. The development of the Houston Ship Channel helped the development of heavy industries further inland. These industries manufactured railroad equipment, masonry, candy, toys, and an early airplane.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

South Houston is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Dumont)

Locations

  • Latitude
    29.66112550
    Longitude
    -95.22849400

Has Post Office

Yes

Is Incorporated

Yes

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South Houston by the Numbers

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Population Counts

South Houston
Pop. Year Source
17,666 2019 Texas Demographic Center
16,983 2010 Texas Demographic Center
15,833 2000 Texas Demographic Center
14,207 1990 Texas Demographic Center
13,293 1980 Texas Demographic Center
11,527 1970 Texas Demographic Center
7,523 1960 Texas Demographic Center
4,126 1950 Texas Demographic Center
982 1940 Texas Demographic Center
612 1930 Texas Demographic Center