Houston, TX 77002
+1 713 837 0311 (Tourist Information)
In a state where everything is bigger, it says something that Houston is Texas's largest city. Founded by entrepreneurs Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen, the city became a major hub of cotton export. After a major hurricane devastated the port city of Galveston, Houston began efforts to construct a deep water bay to facilitate its own shipping industry, receiving one million dollars from Teddy Roosevelt to speed the process along. The city was also responsible for the proliferation of the Texas oil industry after a well struck in the nearby Spindletop oil field.