Understand the Background of Missouri City, TX
Missouri City is southwest of Houston, TX. Texas has many big cities, but Missouri City has a rich background in growth and development that dates back to 1890, the beginning of Texas in the United States.
The Very Beginning of Missouri City, TX
In 1890, two men named R. M. Cash and L. E. Luckle bought a small area of land southwest of Houston. Their 4 square miles was in an area that was extremely close to a very prominent railway, the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway (BBB&C). This land was already in the direct route of the railway, which has a huge impact on future growth and development. Cash and Luckle advertised the area as a great place to be as it was filled with “eternal summer” and lots of sunshine.
A few years later, a man named W. R. McElroy bought a larger plot of land in the same area. As settlers came and established their community, they called it Missouri City and it became registered in 1894. The first settlers to the community came from surrounding towns and cities. The people who stayed and permanently settled found that the land was prosperous for both farming and ranching.
Thanks to the nearby railroad access, settlers could commute for work and export many products from their own town. Some of their main exports included cotton, corn, and cattle, but they also shipped out sugarcane.
Businesses Began to Thrive
Many businesses and buildings were being built throughout the town over the years, including a post office and the town’s first Catholic Church in 1913. Unfortunately, that first church was badly damaged by a hurricane later, but a new one was built and kept up until 1990.
When oil was discovered nearby in 1919, there was a bit of an oil boom. A salt mine opened up, and later even natural gas was found within the town (in 1925). These new developments led to Missouri City becoming the very first town in the county to utilize the newfound natural gas and attracted even more newcomers.
Becoming a City in Texas
While the town continued to grow, they made sure their roads and businesses were kept up to date with the times. This attracted a lot of people and automobiles to the area. To avoid annexation, the town of Missouri City came together and created a city government and became a city in 1956 – quick growth considering their small settlement began about 60 years prior to that.
Since then, the city has made impressive economic growth and the area has expanded to the south, east, and west. Now, the city hosts exciting annual events like Oktoberfest and Snowfest. The city has new upscale residential areas that citizens have flocked to. Missouri City, TX is also very conveniently close to Houston, so many residents can commute for their jobs.
Although Missouri City today is very up to date and modern, it lies very close to Sienna Plantation, which was once an area where both cotton and sugarcane were harvested.