TEXAS CITY — As the city marks its 100th anniversary Texas’ oldest newspaper commemorated the occasion by publishing a book marking the city’s century.

”The Texas City Century” is a 112-page book featuring archival photos and articles from The Daily News The Texas City Sun the Texas City Museum and area residents.

The book starts with the city’s story as a port that grew into a petrochemical powerhouse. It highlights some of the biggest moments in the city’s history including the 1947 Disaster as well as the city’s rebirth Hurricane Carla and Goals 2000. It features profiles of some of the people who have made Texas City a ”better place to work live and play” as its moniker states.

Most of the book is dedicated to images that come from various sources including archives of The Daily News and its former sister publication The Texas City Sun which traces its start to the year the city was incorporated.

There also are images from Johnny Mitchell a longtime Texas City businessman who in the 1940s ’50s and ’60s captured much of life in the city through his camera. Some of the historic moments come from the archives of the late Jesse Ponce a former Sun employee and past president of the Texas City Museum who provided much of the research for many of the historical markers in the city. Ponce who was a member of the Texas City Centennial Committee died in October at age 63.

His family bequeathed much of his research to The Daily News.

”The Texas City Century” is one of four books to be published this year marking the centennial.

The Texas City Centennial Committee is compiling an addendum to a book published by the city in 2000 ”Texas City: Images of the Twentieth Century.” Pre-orders for the Texas City Centennial book can be placed at the city’s website.

Mitchell’s photographs also are the centerpiece for a book published by his son Albert Mitchel ”Texas City: Images of America” which was released last month.

Avid historian and Santa Fe Mayor Ralph Stenzel has published ”Texas City A History in Postcards.”


Books Marking Texas City’s Centennial

WHAT: ”The Texas City Century”

PUBLISHED BY: The Galveston County Daily News

PRICE: $27 (includes tax)

WHERE: Daily News offices at 7800 E.F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City or 8522 Teichman Road in Galveston

WHAT: ”Texas City Centennial 1911-2011: Celebrating its past present and future”

PUBLISHED BY: Texas City Centennial Committee

AUTHORS: Linda Cooper Holm Nancy L. Walker and Tanya Baker

PRICE: $25

WHERE: Pre-order by calling 409-643-5990

WHAT: ”Texas City: A History in Postcards”

AUTHOR: Ralph Stenzel

PRICE: $35 (includes tax)

WHAT: ”Images of America: Texas City”

AUTHOR: Albert L. Mitchell

FEATURES: Photos of Texas City life taken by Mitchell’s father Johnny Mitchell

PRICE: $22 (includes tax)

ON SALE: Texas City Museum Texas City-La Marque Chamber Texas City Feed and Supply Mainland Medical Center Croppin Bug College of the Mainland bookstore Galveston Book Shop Adair’s Antiques Vicki Clark Inc. and local Hastings stores.


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