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Pearland fastest-growing city in Houston region

Houston Chronicle
Updated 6:09 pm, Thursday, May 23, 2013
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Grace Elacquala laughs as she slides down a snow hill during Winterfest at the Pearland Recreation Center and Natatorium Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Pearland.

Photo: Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle

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Pearland, with more than 100,000 residents is rated the fastest-growing community in the Houston region and the second-fastest in Texas based on the 2010 census.

The city was founded in 1894 by Polish nobleman Witold von Zychlinski. One might think that the pear was the popular crop, but the Pearland Historical Society says the fig was the money crop for Pearland farmers.

More than 24,000 people live in neighboring Alvin, which takes its name from Alvin Morgan, who worked for the Santa Fe Railroad Co. He moved to the area in 1879, bought land, built a house and opened a general store and saloon. Later, he opened a post office. The town was named Morgan until residents discovered another town by that name in Texas. Alvin was incorporated in 1893, the first incorporated city in Brazoria County.

The railroad was an influence in Manvel, too. It is named after Allen Manvel, who was the president of the Santa Fe Railroad. The site actually was settled in 1857 and was first known as Pomona, which had to be changed because it was similar to another town's name. Waves of prosperity hit the community. The money crop in the late 1800s and early 1900s was strawberries, followed by hay, figs and dairies. The first oil well was drilled in 1929 and was followed by rice farming and then the extension of Texas 288.

School districts

Pearland ISD

Enrollment tops 19,000

The district has 23 campuses, including 4 high schools

District state rating: Recognized

Campus ratings: Eight campuses are top rated as exemplary: Rogers and Alexander Middle Schools; C.J. Harris, Shadycrest, Rustic Oak, Silvercrest, Massey Ranch and Magnolia Elementary schools.

281-485-3203, www.pearlandisd.org

Alvin ISD

Enrollment approximately 18,200

The district has 23 campuses, including two high schools

District state rating: Recognized

Campus ratings: Mary Burks Marek Elementary is rated as exemplary

College

Alvin Community College

3110 Mustang Road, Alvin

281-756-3500, www.alvincollege.edu

One of a kind

Transportation is in the news. State and county officials are working to widen and upgrade Texas 288 fromU.S.59 to County Road 60. The state also is working with the Grand Parkway Association to extend the parkway segment through Brazoria County.

Travel & Leisure magazine recently named Killen's Steakhouse in Pearland as one of the best steakhouses in the United States.

Froberg's Farm in Alvin has been in the produce business since 1936. It offers a yearly produce calendar to post what's fresh for the current month.

Alvin is home to the Nolan Ryan Exhibit and Center. During Ryan's 27-year Major League Baseball career, he threw 5,714 strikeouts and threw 7 no-hitters. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown in 1999.

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