By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (August 30, 2022) – In Issue 2022-154 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, today we celebrate the founding of  a famous Texas city.


A couple of land investors founded this Texas city on August 30, 1836, which has grown into the 5th largest metro population in the US.

The town then city had no problem finding ways to grow – fueled by transportation, both railroads and waterways, then by black gold or oil, and then came medical research.  But this city might be most famous for the center President Johnson placed here, NASA’s Mission Control.

While there is the famous line radioed by Apollo 13 Astronauts in 1970, “Houston, we have a problem”, surely you had no problem figuring out the city in question is Houston.

Houston is named after the President of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston.  The Republic was established just about 6 months prior the founding of Houston and lasted nine years before joining the US. 

This Johnson map of Texas was issued in 1864.  Much of the western part of the state remains well underdeveloped and sparsely inhabited.

Texas – 1864 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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