La Marque Texas History:
During the Civil War the town was known as Buttermilk Station after the soldier’s practice of purchasing buttermilk there on the trip between Houston and Galveston. In 1867, the town had six families who raised cattle or rice. The community’s name was originally Highlands, but was renamed La Marque in the 1890s when residents learned of another community by the same name. By 1940 the community had 500 residents, was served by 4 railroads, and a general store located in a private home. There are many bodies of water located south of town, including ponds, bayous, Swan Lake, and Jones Bay.Today the town serves as a residential community for Union Carbide and other area plants. Incorporated La Marque is located near Dickinson Bayou on IH-45, SH 23, SH 146 and FM Roads 519, 1765, and 2004, on the southwestern border of Texas City, 13.5 miles northwest of Galveston, 4 miles northeast of Hitchcock, 23 miles south of La Port, 33 miles southeast of Pasadena, 14 miles southwest of Kemah, 19 miles southeast of Alvin, approximately 25 miles northeast of the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, and 39 miles northeast of Angleton, Texas.
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) 935-1427.802 Tiki Drive, Tiki Island, Texas 77554.
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.
La Marque 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. Open Tue & Thu, 10am-7pm; Wed, 10am-6pm; Fri-Sat, 9am-4pm; closed Sunday and Monday. (409) 938-9270. 1011 Bayou Road.
Wayne Johnson Community Center & Event Venue:
The center senior services include daily lunches, senior activities, special events, senior assistance programs, and need based transportation to the facility.Open Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. (409) 934-8148. The Center is located in Carbide Park between the La Marque City Hall and Central Fire Station at 4102 FM 519 (Main Street), 77568. Email
Gulf Greyhound Park:
According to TravelTex.com this is world’s largest and number one greyhound racing operation. The track offers year round racing, both simulcast and live. It seats 6,600 people with a total capacity of over 14,000. (409) 986-9500. (800) 275-2946. The race track is locates at 1000 FM 2004 Road, La Marque, TX 77568.
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 Fun Fest, Texas City, May:
Activities include an arts and crafts and food vendors, a BBQ cook-off, children’s activities, live entertainment, the Super Hero Run by the Bay 5K, 10K and Kids K, and more. (409) 935-1408. This event is held at the Carlos Garza Sports Complex at 33rd
and Magnolia in Texas City.
Annual La Marque Bayou Fest, Oct:
Activities include BBQ Cook-offs, a seafood grill-off, arts, crafts and food booths, the Calvin Jones Memorial Children’s Fishing Tournament (bait is provided) and other children’s activities, a pumpkin carving contest, kite flying, Car & Cycle Cruise’ N Show, live entertainment, and more. This event is held at Highland Bayou Park at 1801 IH-45 (Gulf Freeway) Exit 10. From Houston take IH-45 South to Exit 10 and take a right off of the frontage road past Oasis RV Park. From Galveston take IH-45 North to FM 519 and take the loop around to the frontage road going south, past Oasis RV Park.
Annual La Marque Themed Christmas Parade, Dec:
Activities include the parade at 5:30-pm, hot chocolate and popcorn courtesy of the Lions Club, and a visit with Santa. The parade travels up Cedar Drive to Bayou Road. It goes left on Bayou and proceeds to the park. This event is held in the gazebo at Walter Fiegel Park on Bayou Road. (409) 643-5990.
Beyond Burger, Texas City:
(409) 986-7832. 10510 Emmett F Lowry Expressway, Texas City. Reviews
Kelly's Country Cooking, La Marque:
Kelly’s serves very good country cooking, especially breakfast. Open Sun-Thu, 6am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 6am-11pm. (409) 935-3131. The restaurant is located at 4604 Gulf Freeway at FM 1765, 77568. Reviews
Basil House Thai & Vietnamese Cuisine, Texas City:
(409)945-5811. 2820 Palmer Way, Texas City 77590. Reviews
Gus’s Restaurant, Texas City:
They serve great hamburgers.(409) 948-8004.911 11th Avenue, Texas City. Reviews
Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen, Texas City:
(409) 986-6864. 10200 E.F. Lowry Expressway, Texas City. Reviews
Texas Pit Stop BBQ, La Marque:
(409) 935-2222. 2216 IH-35, 77568.