Texas City – A City of Industry, and So Much More
Texas City is located on the southwestern shore of Galveston Bay seven miles from Galveston, and eleven miles from the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston County. The city is bordered on the north by Moses Lake, which is fed by Moses Bayou, a freshwater stream; the lake drains into Galveston Bay, which borders the city on the east.

The Shoal Point Lighthouse was located at Half Moon Shoal, two miles out in Galveston Bay. A historical marker which commemorates the early community is located at Bay Street Park. In 1911, an election was held to incorporate the settlement formerly known as Shoal Point. After W. P. Tarpey was elected the first Mayor, Shoal Point officially became the City of Texas City.

Texas City is a vibrant city with an estimated population around 50,000. It is impossible to talk about Texas City without talking about the Texas Oil industry in which Texas City has carved out a solid and integral niche as a refinery town. Texas City is a busy deep water port as well as a petroleum refining and petrochemical manufacturing center. The Port of Texas City, operated by the Port of Texas City/Texas City Terminal Railway, is the eighth largest port in the United States and the third largest in Texas. The Texas City Terminal Railway Company provides an important land link to the port, handling over 25,000 car loads per year.

Because of its ample room to grow, Texas City and the north side of Galveston Bay as a whole, has an abundance of housing options. The community of Grand Cay Harbour is located on a pristine stretch of Galveston Bay shoreline; while Pearlbrook and Rain Song also showcase the housing market in the city.

The Street of Memories, in the old downtown district, has been rejuvenated through economic development and local business owners. Many buildings have taken on an authentic look of yesterday when 6th Street thrived as the heart of the community. The Bayou Golf Club is a public recreation facility; along with an 18-hole championship golf course on 200 acres, facilities include a practice driving range, practice putting green, practice chipping green, pro shop and snack bar and grill. The city operates numerous parks, some of which are a part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. The Texas City Prairie Preserve is a 2,300-acre nature preserve located on the shores of Moses Lake opposite the city. The terrain of the preserve includes prairie and wetland habitats. The preserve includes 40 acres of public access areas which include campsites. The Texas City Dike, the world's longest man-made (5 miles) fishing pier, is part of Texas City's flood control system and a haven for local fisherman, boaters, and water enthusiasts.

Shopping in the area boomed when the Tanger Outlet Mall opened with over 80 designer outlets located on Interstate 45, off Holland Road. Next door to the mall is the 60,000 sq.ft. Buc-ee’s Family Travel Center, which will be completed in 2014. The largest Buc-ee’s to date will have about 56 gas pumps and is expected to bring in about 5,000 customers a day.

Texas City is a city of industry, wetland habitats, shopping, a revived downtown community, and so much more; take a look for yourself!

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