Gulf Coast
2010 Census - 16,855
2000 Census - 15,562
Bellaire, Texas
Bellaire Texas History:
In 1908, William Wright Baldwin’s South End Land Company founded Bellaire and Westmoreland Farms on the 9,449-acre Rice Ranch he purchased from William Marsh Rice, the founder of Rice University. He spent $150,000 on infrastructure and improvements, and promoted it to prospective residents and farmers. He constructed Bellaire Boulevard and extended it to Main Street in Houston and was instrumental in constructing the 1910 Toonerville Electric Trolley which ran down the center of the boulevard, connecting to Houston’s electric trolley. A 1910 streetcarwas purchased from Portugal in the 1980s and is on display at the intersection of Bellaire Boulevard and 3rd Street. In 1910, Edward Teas moved his nursery from Missouri to Bellaire to implement architect Sid Hare’s Bellaire landscaping plans. The Bellaire post office was established in 1911. In 1918, Bellaire incorporated in 1949. The Swedish general consul’s office has been located in Bellaire since 1953. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo grounds are located near Bellaire. Bellaire is located at the intersection of U.S. 610 Loop and U.S. 59, 13.5 miles southwest of downtown Houston, 18.7 miles west of Pasadena, 30.5 miles west of La Porte, 55 miles northwest of Galveston, 30.8 miles northwest of Alvin, 37 miles northeast of Needville, 53 miles northeast of Wharton, 24.5 miles northeast of Richmond, 15.7 miles northeast of Sugar Land, 46 miles east of San Felipe, 35 miles southeast of Tomball, and 19 miles southeast of Addicks, Texas.  
Historical Centennial Walk Tour Map:
The walk passes by Bellaire’s Centennial History Markers.
Historic Bellaire Toonerville Trolley:
In 1909, the Westmoreland Railroad Company constructed the streetcar line on the esplanade of Bellaire Boulevard. A waiting pavilion and a turnaround loop were constructed at the Bellaire end of the line. The Bellaire Boulevard line extended 4 miles to the Houston Electric Company’s Fannin Street line in Houston. The streetcar was discontinued in 1927 when bus service began. A 1910 streetcar was purchased from Portugal in the 1980s and is on display at Paseo Park at the intersection of Bellaire Boulevard and 3rd Street.
Teas Nursery Company, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“Teas Nursery Company traces its history to 1843, when John C. Teas (1827-1927) began selling apples out of his back yard in Indiana. After moving the business to Missouri in 1868, Teas became a nationally prominent horticulturist. In 1908, his son, horticulturist Edward Teas Sr., (1870-1951), met developer W.W. Baldwin who was then planning the community of Westmoreland Farms and the town of Bellaire in southwest Harris County. Baldwin hired Teas to execute the planting designs for Bellaire Boulevard and adjacent streets. Teas started work in Bellaire early in 1909. The next year, he moved his family from Missouri to this site and opened Teas Nursery Company. Initially specializing in the sale of fruit trees and flowering shrubs and plants, the business was later expanded to include landscaping services. The company's early projects included the landscaping of Rice Institute (now Rice University) and the River Oaks subdivision. By 1951 Teas Nursery had planted over one million trees in the Houston area. Edward Teas died the same year, leaving the ownership of Teas Nursery to his descendants.” This nursery was closed in 2010 and will become a park. The marker and nursery are located at Teas Nursery at 4400 Bellaire Boulevard.
(New) Chinatown, Houston, TX:
New Chinatown is roughly bounded by Fondren, Beechnut, SH 6, and Westpark. The first businesses in New Chinatown were established in 1983. The area expanded in the 1990s when Houston area Asian American entrepreneurs moved their businesses from older neighborhoods, especially the "Old Chinatown," to this new area. The community’s restaurants serve many varieties of cuisines, including Chinese (including Hong Kong and Taiwanese), Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Malaysian and Thai.Restaurants operated by ethnic Vietnamese serve Louisiana style crawfish. Many street signs are in Chinese and English. The Hong Kong City Mall is Asian Houston’s answer to the Galleria, with pagoda like towers and burbling fountains; very little English is spoken. The mall’s food court serves bubble tea, boiled crawfish, Asian sweets and other Asian cuisine. Chinatown has some wonderful restaurants including Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine at 9896 Bellaire Boulevard, and Pho Binh Vietnamese Restaurant at 10827 Bellaire Boulevard, 77072. Old Chinatown is located within the east downtown Houston district near the George R. Brown Convention Center. A Vietnam War Memorial is located in New Chinatown. New Chinatown is roughly bounded by Fondren, Beechnut, SH 6, and Westpark. It covers over 6 square miles, and is located in southwestern Houston, west of Bellaire, Texas in the Alief community area. Alief Texas Map; Click to Enlarge     
Love Street Light Circus:
Through their Love Street Light Circus program, “The Alliance for Children and Music” brings Houston’s musicians to where they are most needed such as area children’s hospitals and other facilities that lack the resources to meet their needs for live music. The group delivers live music performances each month to hundreds of patients and family members at Texas Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children. (713) 256-9007. P.O. Box 402, Bellaire, Texas 77402. Email
Bellaire 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 Mon, Tue & Thu, 9am-8pm; Wed, 9am-6pm; Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat, 9am-5pm; closed Sunday. Friday summer hours are 9am-1pm. (713) 662-8160. 5111 Jessamine Street, 77401.