Galveston, Harris
Gulf Coast
2010 Census - 35,805
2000 Census - 22,814
Friendswood, Texas
Friendswood Texas History:
In 1880, a colony of English Quakers moved from Kansas to Crosby County, Texas. Because they found living on the plains intolerable they sent fellow Quaker and buffalo hunter Francis Jacob Bacon to find a settlement area in South Texas. In 1895 Brown negotiated with J.C. League for a 1,500 acre tract near Alvin. The Quakers found this location intolerable due to the local customs such as dancing. A group of thee of the original families then found a new settlement near Chigger, Cowart’s, Mary’s and Clear Creeks and named it Friendswood in honor of friends. The settlers built gabled homes and used one as a meeting place and school. The Friendswood Post Office was established in 1899. Jacob Brown built a sawmill. Pine felled by the 1900 Galveston Storm was used to build Friendswood Academy. The principal agricultural crops were Satsuma oranges, strawberries, figs, and rice. Some area residents raised dairy cattle or poultry. The town’s population increased after oil was discovered in the area in the 1930s. In 1933 Friendswood had 100 residents and seven businesses. In the 1940s it had two businesses and 75 residents. In 1960 the town incorporated. In 1962 many residents began commuting to the nearby Johnson Space Center or to Houston for work. Friendswood is located just east of SH 35 and southwest of IH-45 on FM 2351 and FM 518, 23 miles southeast of Houston, 5.8 miles southeast of Pearland, 17.5 miles south of Pasadena, 9 miles northwest of League City, 14.7 miles west of Kemah, 26.5 miles southwest of La Porte, 32.5 Miles southwest of Baytown, 7.3 miles southwest of Clear Lake, 9 miles northeast of Alvin, 31.4 miles northeast of Angleton, 39 miles northeast of Surfside Beach, 26 miles northwest of Texas City, and 33.7 miles northwest of Galveston, Texas. 
Space Center Houston at the Johnson Space Center:
Space Center Houston is the visitor center for the Johnson Space Center. The sites latest feature opened in 2016 - the replica of the Space Shuttle “Independence” (formerly named Explorer) is a full scale replica of the shuttle. It was originally installed at the Kennedy Space Center. It was moved to the Johnson Space Center dock on Clear Lake in 2012, and has been installed on top of an original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft that was used to ferry space shuttle orbiters from landing sites back to the Kennedy Space Center launch complex. Visitors can tour the replica shuttle and the plane. Space Center Houston offers a five hour NASA Tram Tour featuring visits to the historic restored Mission Control Center (used for first moon landings), the Space Vehicle Mockup facility (current Mission Control Center), and the Saturn V Complex at Rocket Park. Occasionally the tour may include visits to other facilities, such as the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. The Living Space Module simulates being in space. An audience volunteer enters the capsule and demonstrates performing small tasks. The 24 task trainers use computer technology to provide visitors with the experience of landing the orbiter, retrieving a satellite or exploring the shuttle systems. The Northrop Grumman Theater houses the world's best collection of spacesuits, and portraits and crew photos of all the astronauts who have flown in space. The Space Center Theater film details the history of the space program, and the evolution of the equipment and astronaut training. In the Blast Off Theater, visitors experience the thrill of launching into space like a real astronaut; it is IMAX in 10D. After the blast off experience and docking at the International Space Station, visitors enter the Blastoff Theater and receive an update on current shuttle missions, astronaut training activities, and details on the exploration of Mars. Artifact collections include an original model of the Goddard Rocket, the Mercury Atlas 9 "Faith 7" capsule flown by Gordon Cooper, the Gemini V Spacecraft piloted by Pete Conrad and Gordon Cooper, a Lunar Roving Vehicle Trainer, the Apollo 17 Command Module, the giant Skylab Trainer, and the Apollo-Soyuz Trainer. The Kid’s Space Place features interactive exhibits and a themed area for children. The Space Center also offers the Level 9 behind the scenes tour where visitors are able to access areas that are inaccessible on the tram tour. The center offers school day tours and school camp-ins, distance programs for students in schools located out of the Houston area, home schooling programs, teachers programs, day camps, a 5 day Space School program, and special events throughout the year. Restaurants include Starbucks, the Zero- G Diner, the Blast-Off Bistro's deli, South of the Martian Border Mexican restaurant, the Moon Wok Asian restaurant, and the Solar Salad. The Launch Foods sells hamburgers and related items, and the Space Cadets caterers to children. The Johnson Space Center’s traveling exhibits program includes spacecraft models, displays, and spacesuits. These space artifacts are available for use by organizations and museums. Individual, family and group tickets and annual memberships are available. (281) 244-2100. 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston 77058. From Houston, take IH-45 south towards Galveston. Exit NASA Road. Go east on NASA Road 1 approximately 6 miles. Turn left onto Saturn Boulevard and drive to the Johnson Space Center Gate. The Center is located just west of Clear Lake, Texas.  Email
Ellington Field, U.S. Air Force 147th Reconnaissance Wing, 1917:
Ellington Field is a joint installation of a variety of active and reserve military units. It also provides aircraft flight operations for the National Aeronautics and Space Administrations (NASA) under the Johnson Space Center. The base is home to the 14th Reconnaissance Wing which provides surveillance, reconnaissance, and air support for U.S. and Allied forces by flying combat support missions 24/7 via advanced satellite communications. (281) 929-2662. Ellington Field is located on the east side of Pearland, north of Friendswood, Webster, and Clear Lake and the Johnson Space Center, and south of Pasadena at 11210 Blume Avenue, Houston, Texas 77034.  Map

Historic 1903 Nathan and Mary Perry Home:
The restored house was built from cypress wood of trees felled by the 1900 Galveston hurricane. The house is open on Saturdays, 10am-12pm, or by appointment. There is no admission fee. (281) 482-7390. This historic home is located at 113 West Spreading Oaks Drive, 77546.
College of the Mainland:
The college serves the towns of Dickinson, Friendswood, Hitchcock, La Marque, Santa Fe, and Texas City school districts. (409) 938-1211. (888) 258-8859. 1200 Amburn Road, Texas City, TX 77591   
Friendswood Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Special programs include movie nights, computer classes, hurricane preparedness classes, and other programs. (281) 482-7135. 416 S. Friendswood Drive.