Where Texas Began

Texas 288 is named about a highway (288) that runs from central Houston near Minute Maid Park to the Texas Gulf Coast south of Lake Jackson. The 62-mile highway starts in Harris County and passes through the heart of Brazoria County–Where Texas Began.

Why name a blog after a highway? Why not? It didn’t hurt Broadway in New York City, South Beach in Miami, Hollywood in LA, Montrose in Houston and Strand in Galveston. They are known as destinations not streets. Texas 288 will stand the test of time, too.

The history of the Texas 288 region dates back to the mid 1820s when Stephen F. Austin brought 300 families to settle in what was then Mexican territory. Settlers fought the heat, the soil, rising rivers, tropical storms,  Indians and each other to build their homes and communities. These same families, among others, helped Texas win independence from Mexico in 1836. Texas became the 28th state in the Union in 1845.

Today, Texas 288 is a growing region defined by an abundance of natural resources, a highly educated and diverse population, global industrial giants, and more churches than you can count.

Texas 288 Newsline is about the people, places and events that make life interesting and fun in Pearland, Manvel, Alvin, Angleton, Lake Jackson, Surfside and Houston. It’s a great play to live, work and play.


You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas.     Davy Crockett


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