Bellaire (HM17DB)

Location: Bellaire, TX 77401 Harris County
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N 29° 42.18', W 95° 28.085'

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William Wright Baldwin, president of the South End Land Company, founded Bellaire in 1908 on part of the 9,449-acre ranch once owned by William Marsh Rice, benefactor of Rice Institute (now Rice University). Baldwin surveyed the eastern 1,000 acres of the ranch into small truck farms, which he named Westmoreland Farms. He platted Bellaire in the middle of the farms to serve as an exclusive residential neighborhood and agricultural trading center. The project was separated from Houston by approximately six miles of prairie.

South End Land Company advertisements, targeted to midwestern farmers, noted that Bellaire ("Good Air") was named for the area's Gulf breezes. The original townsite was bounded by Palmetto, First, Jessamine, and Sixth (now Ferris) streets. Bellaire Boulevard and an electric streetcar line connected Bellaire to Houston. The town was incorporated in 1918, and C.P. Younts served as first mayor.

The post-war building boom in the late 1940s and early 1950s resulted in rapid population growth. Completely surrounded by the expanding city of Houston by 1949, Bellaire nevertheless retained its independence and its own city government.
HM NumberHM17DB
Marker Number10614
Year Placed1990
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 6:44pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 261215 N 3288425
Decimal Degrees29.70300000, -95.46808333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 42.18', W 95° 28.085'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 42' 10.80" N, 95° 28' 5.10" W
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Area Code(s)713, 281
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7008 S Rice Ave, Bellaire TX 77401, US
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