@Rfin : Most places in this area existed well before the 20th century (1900-1999). In 1900 Galveston was more booming than Houston, but THE hurricane squelched that. If you're interested at all, find Isaac's Storm by Eric Larson. If you like odd ball history find anything else he wrote. A serial murderer at the World's Fair, another murderer caught because of the first radio....His books are fascinating.