Texas City has a lot to celebrate

The Phoenix fountain in front of the Doyle Convention Center in Texas City. The Phoenix rising out of the water represents the city rising from the ashes of the 1947 Disaster.

Photo by Kevin M. Cox

As it turns 100 Texas City is a thriving town of 45000 known as the home of one of the largest petrochemical complexes in the country.

It is well known as Galveston County’s industrial center and a workplace for people across the county.

Texas City grew out of a vision of a deepwater port to handle Texas’ agricultural materials and later its oil and gas resources.

It’s less well known as a place that has more parkland per capita than just about any place in the country and for its diversity of cultures. Parts of Texas City were settled by African-American cowboys who rode the Chisholm Trail and by immigrants who found jobs in industries when their own homes were lost during the Mexican Revolution.

Texas City is more than those historical references.

It’s a city born at the shores of Galveston Bay and continues today as one of the busiest recreational and commercial waterfront communities in Texas. It’s home of the Texas City Dike the ”world’s largest man-made fishing pier.”

Texas City was home of the birthplace of what would eventually become the U.S. Air Force and the hometown of daredevil pilot Jimmy Wedell.

It also can brag of Harm ”Hoopie” Williams who set world records by walking across the country rolling a hoop so he could put his hometown on the map.

Texas City has been the scene of horrific tragedies and historic highs. It’s been called the City By the Bay the City that Wouldn’t Die and All-America City.

It’s the birthplace of Rock-N-Roll Hall of Famer Charles Brown Grammy Award-nominated trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe and Emmy award-nominated soap opera star Ron Raines.

The hometown of movie director John Lee Hancock and a pair of U.S. Navy Rear Admirals Osie V. Combs and John Dale Butler. The high school home of Southwest Business Corp. co-founder Charlie Amato and more than a dozen current and former NFL players including former Baltimore Colts and Dallas Cowboys running back L.G. Dupr.

It’s a town where Campbell Nessler Moore Tarpey Davison are not only names on buildings and parks but also still home to their descendants.

It’s a town proud of its history and a steel-willed determination born from a disaster that may have killed any other small town.

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