Galena Park, Texas

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Galena Park, Texas
City
Galena Park sign
Galena Park sign
Location in the state of Texas
Location in the state of Texas
Coordinates: 29°44′20″N 95°14′14″W / 29.73889°N 95.23722°W / 29.73889; -95.23722Coordinates: 29°44′20″N 95°14′14″W / 29.73889°N 95.23722°W / 29.73889; -95.23722
Country United States
State Texas
County Harris
Government
 • Mayor Esmeralda Moya
Area
 • Total 5.0 sq mi (12.9 km2)
 • Land 4.9 sq mi (12.6 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 28 ft (8.5 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 10,887
 • Density 2,200/sq mi (840/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 77547
Area code(s) 713
FIPS code 48-27996[2]
GNIS feature ID 1377177[3]
Website www.cityofgalenapark-tx.gov

Galena Park is a city in Harris County, Texas, United States, within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. The population was 10,887 at the 2010 census.[1]

History[edit]

The area of Galena Park began as the settlement of Clinton in 1835. The settlement originally served as a farming and ranching community but in the 1880s transformed into a railroad center along the new Port of Houston. With the coming of the petrochemical industry in the early 1900s, Clinton again transformed into a refinery center.[4]

Clinton attempted to establish a post office in 1935, but the request was denied as another Clinton, Texas had established the name. The settlement's name was changed to Galena Park after the Galena Signal Oil Company of Texas, which built the first refinery there. Galena Park's original name survives today as the name of a major street in the city, Clinton Drive.[4] Because of the 1935 incorporation, Houston did not incorporate Galena Park's territory into its city limits, while Houston annexed surrounding areas that were unincorporated.[5] By the late 1930s Houston was growing as a port, so Galena Park expanded. Since the 1940s area residents considered the city to be a part of Greater Houston.[4]

The economy of Galena Park began to suffer in the early 1980s, when cranes used to haul ship cargo were reduced; prior to the early 1980s a team of workers who took up to one week to load cargo off of a ship stayed in the port city and contributed to its local economy, but the new technology lead to ships unloading all cargo in less than one day.[6] The 1980s also hit Galena Park's economy with all the layoffs from the steel mills.[citation needed] The economy further decreased after the September 11, 2001 attacks, when sea port administrators tightened security rules that governed whether sailors could leave ships docked at port.[6]

Notable People[edit]

Esmeralda Moya made Galena park history in 2014 by being the first ever Hispanic and female mayor. City Hall was packed with her supporters the day she was sworn in and is quickly becoming the new hope for Galena Park.

Geography[edit]

Map of Galena Park

Galena Park is located at 29°44′20″N 95°14′14″W / 29.73889°N 95.23722°W / 29.73889; -95.23722 (29.738928, -95.237211).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.0 square miles (13 km2), all of it land.

The community is adjacent to Jacinto City.[8]

The border between Galena Park, previously an all-White city and Clinton Park, an African-American area in Houston, is barricaded. Rafael Longoria and Susan Rogers of the Rice Design Alliance said in 2008 that the barricade "provides a stark example of how the prevailing segregationist sentiments of the era is still in evidence."[9]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 10,887 people and 3,021 households residing in the city. The population density was 2,183.3 people per square mile (843.0/km²). There were 3,273 housing units at an average density of 654.6/sq mi (253.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 11.4% White, Not Hispanic, 6.6% African American, Not Hispanic, 0.13% Native American or Native Alaskan, Not Hispanic, 0.09% Asian or Pacific Islander, Not Hispanic, 0.16% from other races, not Hispanic, and 0.25% from two or more races. People of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish Origin of any race were 81.4% of the population, a 21% increase in Hispanic, Latino or Spanish Origin population over the 2000 census.

Remaining demographics were not yet available from the 2010 census (expected release Summer-Fall of 2011). As of the 2000 census there were 3,054 households out of which 46.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.9% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.4% were non-families. 17.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.47 and the average family size was 3.92.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.8% under the age of 18, 11.4% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 16.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 99.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,660, and the median income for a family was $34,702. Males had a median income of $29,814 versus $21,172 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,207. About 21.5% of families and 25.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.2% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Local government[edit]

Galena Park City Hall

As of 2008 R. P. "Bobby" Barrett is the mayor of Galena Park.[10] As of the same year the city council has four positions, with each having a responsibility for a particular municipal department or group of departments. Commissioner Danny Simms, position one, heads the water and sewer services. Joseph Thibodeaux, position two, heads police and fire services. Robert Clowers, position three, heads parks and recreation. Maxie Campbell, position four, heads street and bridge services. In addition Jim L. DeFoyd serves as the city attorney, Margaret Stevens serves as the city secretary and the tax collector and assesser, and City Administrator John Cooper directs public works.[11]

The Galena Park Fire Department and the Galena Park Police Department serve the city. As of 2008 Robert C. Pruett serves as the Chief of Police and Rick D. Bates serves as the Assistant Chief.[12] Paul Gregory was promoted to Fire Chief in July 2013. Gregory has been a long-time firefighter at Galena Park and has served for many years at the chief of Tarkington Volunteer Fire Department.[13]

County, federal, and state representation[edit]

Galena Park is located within Harris County Precinct 2; as of 2011 Jack Morman headed Precinct 2.[14]

Galena Park is located in District 143 of the Texas House of Representatives[15] As of 2011 Ana Hernandez Luna, formerly Ana E. Hernandez, represented the district.[16] Galena Park is within District 6 [17] of the Texas Senate; as of 2011 Mario Gallegos, Jr. was the representative.[18]

Galena Park was within Texas's 29th congressional district; as of 2011 Gene Green represented the district.[19] The United States Postal Service operates the Galena Park Post Office at 1805 Clinton Drive.[20]

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Galena Park Library

Students in Galena Park attend schools in Galena Park Independent School District.

Three separate elementary schools, Galena Park Elementary School in Galena Park, MacArthur Elementary School in Galena Park, and Pyburn Elementary School in Houston, serve students from the city of Galena Park[21] Almost all Galena Park students are zoned to Galena Park Middle School (6-8) in Galena Park. A few in northeast Galena Park are zoned to Woodland Acres Middle School in Houston.[22] All Galena Park residents are zoned to Galena Park High School (9-12) in Galena Park.[23]

In addition GPISD operates the William F. "Bill" Becker Early Childhood Development Center, a preschool program for low income families, in Galena Park.[24]

Private schools[edit]

[Our Lady of Fatima School, a PK 3 to Grade 8 Roman Catholic school, is in Galena Park [6]. The school is fully accredited by TEA and TCEA. It has served the community for over sixty years and is open enrollment to all faiths and denomination.

Colleges and universities[edit]

Galena Park is zoned to the San Jacinto College system.

Public libraries[edit]

The Harris County Public Library (HCPL) system operates the Galena Park Branch at 1500 Keene Street in Galena Park. The 5,800-square-foot (540 m2) branch, a partnership between HCPL and Galena Park, was built in March 1996 opened in December of that year.[25]

Gallery of schools[edit]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Galena Park city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ a b c "Galena Park, Texas." Handbook of Texas. Retrieved on November 4, 2009.
  5. ^ Lee, Renée C. "Annexed Kingwood split on effects." Houston Chronicle. Sunday October 8, 2006. A21. Retrieved on July 6, 2011. "Some of the area communities that incorporated as cities and escaped annexation by Houston:" Print version exclusively has the information cited; the information is not included in the online edition.
  6. ^ a b Harkinson, Josh. "All Aboard." Houston Press. March 18, 2004. 1.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ Krajicek, David. "Suzanne Basso and the Murder of Louis 'Buddy' Musso." Suzanne Basso and the Murder of Louis 'Buddy' Musso. Crime Library. Retrieved on March 3, 2014.
  9. ^ Longoria, Rafael and Susan Rogers. "The Rurban Horseshoe." (Archive) Cite 73. The Rice Design Alliance, (Northern Hemisphere) Winter 2008. Pages 18-19. Retrieved on February 24, 2010.
  10. ^ "Galena Park Mayor." City of Galena Park. Accessed October 11, 2008.
  11. ^ "City Council." City of Galena Park. Accessed October 11, 2008.
  12. ^ "Police Department Administration." City of Galena Park. Accessed October 11, 2008.
  13. ^ http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/dayton/news/tarkington-s-gregory-promoted-to-galena-park-fire-chief/article_f58ff7ea-0bd5-59fb-b8a4-a55b4e5c07f2.html
  14. ^ [1]." Harris County. Accessed May 10, 2011.
  15. ^ "[2]" Texas Legislature District 143 Map Accessed May 10, 2011.
  16. ^ "[3]." Texas House of Representatives. Accessed May 10, 2011.
  17. ^ "[4]." Texas Senate, District 6 Map Accessed May 10, 2011.
  18. ^ "[5]". Texas State Senate District 6. Accessed May 10, 2011.
  19. ^ "Congressional District 29." National Atlas of the United States. Retrieved on December 13, 2008.
  20. ^ "Post Office Location - GALENA PARK." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 13, 2008.
  21. ^ "Elementary Schools - South," Galena Park Independent School District. Retrieved on November 29, 2008.
  22. ^ "Woodland Acres Middle School." Galena Park Independent School District. Retrieved on November 29, 2008.
  23. ^ "Galena Park High School." Galena Park Independent School District. Retrieved on November 29, 2008.
  24. ^ "Early Head Start." Galena Park Independent School District. Retrieved on November 11, 2011.
  25. ^ "Galena Park Branch Library." Harris County Public Library. Retrieved on November 29, 2008.

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