Gulf Coast
2010 Census - 149,043
2000 Census - 141,674
Pasadena, Texas
Pasadena Texas History:
In 1893, John H. Burnett founded and platted the town on the Buffalo Bayou which eventually became the Houston Ship Channel. Because of the lush vegetation, Burnett named the town after Pasadena, California. In 1894, the La Porte, Houston and Northern Railroad built a line through town, providing a means for local farmers to ship their produce. After the hurricane of 1900, Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, purchased 1.5 million strawberry plants for the Gulf Coast farmers. Pasadena became the strawberry capital of the region, and also raised cantaloupe, cape jasmine flowers, cucumbers and other produce. Pasadena incorporated in 1928. By the late 1930s, Pasadena became less of a farming community and more of an industrial area because of the increased activities of the shipping channel industries due to the war effort. In 1970, Sherwood Cryer and country western singer Mickey Gilley opened Gilley's, a live country and western music venue; it closed in 1990. It became famous for its live music performed by famous musicians, and its large wooden dance floor, rodeo arena, mechanical bulls, pool tables, shooting gallery, and showers for truckers. Mickey became famous for songs such as Stand by Me and You Don't Know Me. Today, Pasadena’s economy is largely based on petroleum and gas exploration, petroleum refining, petrochemical processing, maritime shipping, and aerospace. The city’s economy is closely linked to the nearby Houston Ship Channel and the Bayport shipping terminal and industrial district. A portion of Pasadena is located on Clear Lake. Pasadena is located just northeast of the Houston Hobby Airport at the intersections of SH 225, IH-45, and the Sam Houston Tollway. It is bordered on the east by the Deer Park city limits and on the west by the city limits of the town of South Houston. Ellington Air Force Base is located southeast of town. Pasadena is located 42 miles southeast of Katy, 30 miles southeast of Humble, 14.5 miles southeast of Houston, 6.7 miles southeast of Jacinto City, 19 miles south of Sheldon, 36.6 miles south of Kingwood, 18 miles southwest of Highlands, 48 miles southwest of Anahuac, 12.6 miles southwest of Channelview, 18 miles southwest of Baytown, 7 miles west of Deer Park, 42 miles northwest of Galveston, 15 miles northwest of League City, 14.7 miles northwest of La Porte, 13.7 miles north of Friendswood, 57 miles northeast of Needville, and 34 miles northeast of Sugar Land, Texas.
Washburn Tunnel, Galena Park-Pasadena:
This toll-free 2 lane tunnel connects Galena Park, an east end suburb of Houston, with Pasadena, Texas. It was completed in 1950. It travels north-south underneath the Houston Ship Channel, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tunnel use by 18 wheeler traffic is prohibited. The tunnel is open 24/7, except for cleaning and maintenance hours which are every Thursday at midnight to 4am Friday, and on the second Saturday of each month from 10pm Saturday to 10am Sunday. The tunnel is located on Federal Road and is managed by Harris County Precinct 2. The tunnel management office is located at 3100 Federal Road, Houston 77015. (713) 274-2050.  Email
Port of Houston's Bayport Container Terminal:
When completed, the terminal will feature seven container berths, 956 acres of preserved coastal habitat, 200 acres of new marsh, 173 acres of wetlands and a 128 acre buffer zone. (281) 291-6000. 12621 Port Road, Pasadena, Texas 77586.
Bayport Cruise Terminal:
This state of the art cruise terminal handled cruise ships during the 2008 Hurricane Ike, but not after. It will begin offering cruise services in November 2013 with a total of 26 Princess Cruises departures planned for the season. 4700 Cruise Road, Pasadena, 77586.