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County
Galveston
Region
Gulf Coast
Population
2010 Census - 6,961
2000 Census - 6,386
Nearby
Towns
Hitchcock, Texas
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Hitchcock Texas History:
The Hitchcock area was inhabited by the Karankawa Indians prior to the 1820s. In 1848, Jonas Butler purchased a league of land on Highland Bayou and built a house. He was followed by a group of French settlers who established homes on the bayou. Hitchcock was originally known as Highland because of its location on the bayou’s high banks. Travelers used the bayou to reach Galveston until the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway built a line through the settlement in the 1870s. In 1873 the town was renamed Hitchcock when Emily Hitchcock offered land to the railroad if they would name the townsite for her late husband. The 1884 The Hitchcock’s post office was established; the name town’s name was later shortened to Hitchcock. The town was platted in 1891. By 1892 the town had two grocers, several fruit growers and 275 residents. In additional to fruit, cattle and vegetable farming were the major industries. When truck farming ended and packing houses closed in the 1920s, many residents moved to Texas City for work. The town’s population remained steady during the 1940s due to oil and gas development, the establishment of Camp Wallace, and the Navy’s construction of the Hitchcock Naval Air Station; the 4 massive pillars of the blimp hangar are local landmarks. The town boomed after the war. It incorporated in 1960. In the 1970s the town became a residential suburb with the development of the Project Apollo Space Laboratory Project at Clearwater. Today the town offers a yacht basin and resort facilities. The 5 mile long Highland Bayou Diversionary Canal connects the West Bay to Highland Bayou; it meanders through town, through Jack Brooks Park and past City Park. The canal offers camping, fishing, swimming and water skiing activities. Hitchcock is located on just southwest of IH-45 at the intersections of SH 6, FM 519, and FM 2004, 14.5 miles west of Galveston, 4.5 miles southwest of La Marque, 9.5 miles southwest of Texas City, 5.8 miles southeast of Santa Fe, 14 miles southeast of League City, 15 miles southeast of Alvin, 53 miles northeast of Surfside Beach, and 38 miles southeast of Houston, Texas.  
 
Karankawa Indians:
The nomadic Karankawa Indians lived along the Texas Gulf Coast from the western end of Galveston Island to Corpus Christi. Many warriors were over 6 feet tall. Men wore their hair to their waists. They were heavily tattooed and wore shell ornaments. They pierced each nipple and their bottom lip with small pieces of cane. They greased their bodies with shark liver oil to ward off mosquitoes and other insects. During the summer months they survived by moving inland and hunting with long bows. During the winters they fished and crabbed the coastal bays in dugouts. They lived in round huts made with thatch and animal skins. The Indians had varied experiences with Anglos though in the end their population was decimated through warfare and diseases caught from Anglos. The Indians helped Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca when he was shipwrecked on Galveston Island in 1528. After French explorers under LaSalle stole two canoes from the Karankawa and refused to return them, the Karankawa engaged them in battle; the Indians won. The Karankawa were not cannibals. Though they did sometimes eat captured enemies, they did not do this for food, but rather to absorb the magic powers of the enemy.
 
Village of Tiki Island:
The small incorporated Village of Tiki Island is located off the north end of the Galveston Causeway (IH-45) in Jones Bay. It is located 5 miles southeast of La Marque, approximately 6 miles south of Texas City, and 5 miles southwest of Galveston, Texas. This largely resort community has approximately 850 homes, and 1,200 full time residents. It is served by the Galveston Post Office. City Hall: (409) 935-1427.
 
Historic Hitchcock Naval Air Station:
The base was established during World War II as a blimp base to protect against Germany’s submarines thought to be lurking in the gulf.The hanger was demolished in 1962 after being damaged by Hurricane Carla in 1961. The four remaining massive pillars are a landmark.  
 
Hitchcock Heritage Museum:
The museum features exhibits depicting the history of Hitchcock. The museum is located on Barry Avenue, adjacent to the Ursula Latimer Park which separates the museum from the Genevieve Miller Hitchcock Public Library. Call JoAnn Robinson at (409) 986-5036 to gain entry to the museum.
 
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. 
 
Genevieve Miller Hitchcock Library: 
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. The Gordon and Ursula Latimer Park separates the Hitchcock Heritage Museum from the library. Open Tue, Wed & Fri, 10am-5pm; Thu, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-3pm; closed Sunday and Monday. (409) 986-7814. 8005 Barry Avenue.
 
Event Venue - Historic Stringfellow Orchards:
Founded in 1883 by internationally recognized horticulturalist Henry Martyn Stringfellow, this experimental garden and orchard was the first to plant Satsuma Oranges from Japan. He is credited with starting the citrus industry on the Texas Gulf Coast. His home has been renovated and is available for community events. Group tours are available. The home is located at 7902 SH 6, west of Main Street. (409) 256-3822. (409) 256-2552. Email   
 
Annual Events:
The Chamber of Commerce sponsors the annual City Wide Easter Egg Hunt, the Teacher Appreciation Reception, a Christmas Parade and the annual August Good Ole Days Celebration. (409) 986-9224.
 
Annual Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, April:
Activities include livestock shows, Rodeo Arena events, a cook-off, a carnival, Las Vegas Nights, Boots N’ Wine, Winterfest, and more. Jack Brooks Park and the Galveston County Fairgrounds are located The park and fairgrounds are located at 5700 FM 2004 at SH 6, Hitchcock, TX 77563. (409) 986-6490. 
 
Annual Tails & Tunes Fishing Tournament, 1st Weekend in May:
Activities include a live country western music concert and a fishing tournament. This event is held at the Galveston County Fairgrounds off FM 2004 at #10 Jack Brooks Park, SH 6, Hitchcock, TX 77563. Email
 
Annual Good Ole Days Parade, Aug: Annual Good Ole Days Celebration, Aug:
Activities include a BBQ cook-off, a parade, pageants, a talent show, a carnival, food vendors, arts and crafts and continuous entertainment. (409) 986-9224.This event is held adjacent to Prosperity Bank at 8300 SH 6.
 
Haak Vineyards and Winery:
The tasting room is open Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, noon-5pm. Hours may vary so call before arriving. (407) 925-1401. The winery is located at 6310 Avenue T, Santa Fe, TX. Santa Fe is located on SH 6, 6 miles northwest of Hitchcock, and 9 miles southeast of Alvin. Santa Fe Area Map 
 
Froberg's Vegetable Farm, 1936:
Kate and Fred Froberg raise strawberries, Satsuma oranges, persimmons, figs, and a large variety of vegetables; all are picked fresh daily. Some are “pick your own.” (281) 585-3531. From Alvin, take SH 6 towards Manvel. Go left on CR 149. Turn right at the stop sign for CR 190; they farm is on the right.
 
Proverbs Farm & Soap Shop:
They sell fresh raw goat milk. They also have a small herb and vegetable garden and often have extra produce to sell. They do not offer a phone number. 12403 C.R. 280, Alvin. Email