Deer Park, Texas

Deer Park is a Harris County community that's home to approximately 34,000 residents. It is known as the Birthplace of Texas because Santa Anna surrendered nearby, and the Republic of Texas was thereby established. Deer Park is situated between Pasadena and LaPorte, 18 miles west of Houston. Residential areas are south of the Pasadena Freeway, while industrial sections lie to the north.

History of Deer Park

Deer Park is very close to the place where Sam Houston's troops fought Santa Anna in the Battle of San Jacinto. On April 26, 1836, Texas won its independence when a treaty was signed at Dr. George Moffit Patrick's Cabin on Buffalo Bayou. Today, a replica of the cabin is found on Center Street in front of the Theatre and Courts Building.

Deer Park owes its name and origins to retired legislator Simeon Henry West. He grew to love the area during his years as a pioneer surveyor. At the time, deer roamed the region in abundance. A train station and a post office opened shortly thereafter West's arrival in 1892. A Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway station opened in 1894. By 1896, about 40 people lived in a community that now had a hotel and general store. Community leaders established an independent school district in Deer Park in the 1930s. After WWII, the area thrived as industry prospered. The 1948 population of 700 expanded to over 5,000 by 1960.

Parks and Recreation

Picnic There's lots of green space scattered across the community - 19 city parks included. The largest is Dow Park, a 40-acre expanse that includes a mile-long jogging path, public pool, athletic facilities, gym and pavilion. The Dow Park Rose Garden is a great place to get away from it all, or to learn about the varieties that thrive in southeast Texas. Playlots, hiking trails and picnic areas are commonly found at many city parks.

If you know the difference between a putter and a sand wedge, plan a trip to The Battleground at Deer Park golf course, a reasonably priced municipal layout. This true championship course plays at 6,942 yards from the longest tees, although the four sets of tees meet the needs of every kind of golfer. Every hole is uniquely named in association with battles that occurred on the San Jacinto Battleground when Sam Houston captured Santa Anna and troops under his command. Water hazards come into play on numerous holes, so arrive prepared to play your "A" game.

You'll find a beach and fishing pier only a few miles east of Deer Park at the historic Sylvan Beach. Once known as The Grove, the park has been in operation since the 1800s. The pier is popular among anglers, and the two pristine white sand beaches attract local residents and visitors alike. If you have a boat, it's possible to launch it at the county-operated boat ramp. April's Sylvan Beach Festival is now in its 60th year. Visitors enjoy diverse food selections as they browse the arts and crafts exhibits. The pageant and cook-off add further to the diversity of the schedule. Live concerts occur on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Activities and Attractions


Mini Golf The Art Park Players perform in high-quality stage productions at the $3.7 million theatre on Center Street. There are about ten plays every year, including a selection of dinner theater productions. The troupe has evolved since it staged its very first performance at Deer Park High School in 1979.

In 1836, troops surprised a Mexican encampment at what is now the San Jacinto Battleground Historic Site. Some of the soldiers yelled "Remember the Alamo" in consummating a decisive 18-minute battle. Don't miss the film "Texas Forever!" at the state-of-the-art theatre or a trip up to the observation deck high atop the San Jacinto Monument. Gaze down upon the one-time battlefield from 489 feet above the ground. Enjoy panoramic views of the busy seaport and the city of Houston.

A real World War II battleship is docked along the Houston Ship Channel at Battleship Texas State Historic Site. Walk on the deck on which sailors took their battle stations during some of the most important naval engagements of the war. The overall San Jacinto Texas Historic District (SJTHD) is the fifth largest historic district in all of the Lone Star State. It includes 26 historic sites.

Special Events

There's no better place to get in touch with the area's dramatic history than at the San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment. Attendees of all ages revel in the spectacle, including uniformed soldiers, horses, cannons and realistic pyrotechnics. Blanket traders, blacksmiths, spinners add further to the authenticity of the experience.

If you are relocating to the greater Houston area, consider Deer Park. Deer Park combines a suburban lifestyle with easy access to Houston via the beltway and the Pasadena Freeway. Westside Manor and Erin Glen are two subdivisions on the west side of Deer Park, while Santa Fe Trail and Wynfield Estates lie to the east. Residential real estate for sale includes new 3-4 bedroom homes with 2300-3000 sq ft of living space. Larger homes featuring up to 4,500 sq ft of space are also available in Deer Park. There's also a selection of established ranch homes with 2-3 bedrooms.

There are many reasons to give serious consideration to Deer Park when you are relocating to the Houston area. I'd welcome the opportunity to tell you more about this vibrant community and it's rich heritage. Please contact Judi Kallus for more about the excellent residential real estate opportunities in Deer Park. I look forward to hearing from you!

Jodi Kallus
Jodi Kallus
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