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HISTORY OF PEARLAND

Pearland, Texas has a rich and colorful history dating back to the days when the American Indian inhabitants cared for the land. The first European visitors first arrived in the area around 1528 and helped to shape the town we live in today.

In 1882 this region, still unnamed at the time, became a siding switch on the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway. By 1893, the population had grown enough to warrant a post office and a name – Mark Belt. Later that year, the name was changed to Pearland because of the abundance of pear trees in the area.

In 5 short years, Pearland grew to boast a population of 75 people, a newspaper and 12 businesses, including a wagon maker. Many land corporations and agricultural companies invested in the area and brought Pearland to an unofficial status of “Agricultural Eden”.

Sadly, the Galveston hurricane of 1900 destroyed the fruit trees and dramatically slowed growth for a lengthy period of time. Slowly, the natural beauty of the area started to once again blossom with the growth of the orange and fig trees. By 1914, the town had grown to 400 residents, 23 businesses and two churches. A school was also opened for the then 25 students. Oil was even discovered nearby in 1934.

Over the next century, the population fluctuated between 150 and 350 residents. However, by the mid-1960’s the town had grown to 1,497 residents and 41 businesses and hasn’t stopped growing since. As of last count, Pearland has a population of close to 40,000 with countless businesses, schools, churches, etc . . . and many more are on the way!
Sources: The Handbook of Texas Online, Pearland Real Estate Guide, US Census Bureau


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