Harrisburg, Houston

Harrisburg, Houston

Harrisburg, Houston

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Harrisburg (originally documented as Harrisburgh then shortened to Harrisburg in 1892) is located within the city of Houston, Texas, United States.

The community is located east of Downtown Houston, south of the Brays Bayou and Buffalo Bayou junction, and west of Brady's Island. It was founded before 1825 on the eastern stretches of the Buffalo Bayou in present-day Harris County, Texas, on land belonging to John Richardson Harris. In 1926, Harrisburg was annexed into the city of Houston. The original name of Harris County was Harrisburg (Harrisburgh) County until it was shortened after the demise of the City of Harrisburg.

John Nova Lomax of the Houston Press said that Harrisburg has "a purple, bright blue or yellow cantina on every corner, sometimes several" and that "you just felt like you were in a border town" in a 2008 article.Lomax, John Nova. "." Houston Press. February 26, 2008.


Harrisburg was surveyed in 1826 and formally named Harrisburg by its founder, John Richardson Harris. Harris named the town both after himself and after Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which had been named for his grandfather.

In 1835, the General Council of Texas, a provisional government of Texas, made Harrisburg its capital. On April 16, 1836 during the Texas Revolution, almost all of Harrisburg was burned by the forces of Antonio López de Santa Anna. After the Texas Revolution ended, the city of Houston was...
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