Origins of Houston’s Street Names

These are the name origins of Houston’s iconic streets, buildings and other features

By Heather Leighton, Chron.com / Houston Chronicle
Published 4:48 pm, Sunday, April 30, 2017
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  • Allen ParkwayKey road that leads to downtown HoustonNamed after John Kirby Allen and Augustus Chapman Allen — the two men who founded Houston on August 30, 1836. Photo: Brett Coomer, Staff / © 2016 Houston Chronicle

Photo: Brett Coomer, Staff
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League City

This was a cattle town long before the city got its name. According to the League City website, wealthy Galvestonian J.C. League bought property in the area and platted a town, naming it League City after himself.
Residents who preferred the original name, Clear Creek, fought back and forth with League City for several years, even moving the local post office back and forth, until finally merging with League City.
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Allen Parkway

Key road that leads to downtown Houston
Named after John Kirby Allen and Augustus Chapman Allen — the two men who founded Houston on August 30, 1836.
Houston’s history reaches back to August of 1836 when the founders of the Bayou City established what would become the metropolis that we all know and live in today.
Though since 1836, a lot of people have come and gone while leaving their mark on the city – most notably their names.
Of the millions of people that have called this city home, there are a few icons who made such a difference in the Space City’s culture that some of Houston’s iconic features were named after them.Story continues below.
May 6, 1971: On this day, the Houston Cotton Exchange building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Tweet host Michael Callahan, @MCallahanTV!

Media: Chron

Sure there are obvious Houston features like George Bush International Airport and Johnson Space Center – which are both named after former presidents with strong Texas ties – but what about Agustus and John Kirby? Or John and Dominique de Menil?
Click through the slideshow above to see the namesakes of some of Houston’s most iconic places. Continue clicking to learn how Houston’s neighborhoods got their names, as well.
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