Houston, Texas began its journey into U.S. history when John Kirby Allen and Augustus Chapman Allen purchased 6,642 acres of land along the rugged Buffalo Bayou in 1836. The City of Houston then incorporated on June 5, 1837, and took its name in honor of Sam Houston, the reigning President of the Republic of Texas. Houston’s port and railroad industry, along with the discovery of oil in 1901, put this burgeoning city on the fast track to success.
If you’re heading to state court in Texas, you’ll probably go to one of 3 trial courts: the Municipal and Justice of the Peace Courts, which handle all small claims, criminal misdemeanors punishable by fine only, magistrate functions, and civil actions not exceeding $10,000; the County Courts, which handle juvenile matters, probate matters, and jurisdiction in civil actions between $200 and $10,000, and civil matters between $200 and $100,000; or the District Courts, which hold original jurisdiction over civil actions of $200 or $500, and hear matters regarding consented elections, divorce, felony criminal matters, and titles to land.
If you have a personal injury case in Texas, your claim will be heard in civil court If you are confused about the terms you hear while in court, you may find this dictionary of common legal terms handy. Once you’ve gone through a trial, you may have the right to appeal your personal injury case to one of the Texas’s Appeals Courts or the Supreme Court. Texas has fourteen Appeals Court locations.
Houston's population at the time of Census 2000 was reportedly nearly 2 million. Houston serves as the heart of the colossal Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area, which remains the largest cultural and economic region on the TX Gulf Coast. This massive area, which includes 10 counties and a total population of 5.3 million residents, ranks as the seventh largest metropolis in the nation.
Houston lies within a humid subtropical climate that affords balmy weather in the summertime, with mild to moderate winters. Houston stakes claim to more than 601 square miles, making it the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest in the United States. The Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network ranked Houston among their top 11 U.S. global cities.
The Texas Medical Center came to Houston in the mid-twentieth century, and soon thereafter was transformed into the largest concentration of healthcare and research facilities in the world. While aeronautics and petrochemicals play a major role in the economy, biomedical research continually pushes Houston to the medical forefront. The thriving economic community also benefits from its busy waterways and the Port of Houston, located in the Houston Ship Channel. Houston, the seat of Harris County, is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies such as ConocoPhillips, Halliburton, Marathon Oil and Reliant Energy. Houston also affords access to a diverse array of higher learning facilities that include Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, Texas Southern University, the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and several campuses affiliated with the University of Houston.
Houston, Texas teems with activities and amenities that create an enviable quality of life and popular vacation destination. Also known as “Space City,” Houston is the home of NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, the site where Mission Control operates, and the largest IMAX Theater in Texas. Other attractions and sites of interest include The Galleria, Galveston Island, the Gulf Coast beaches, Hermann Park, Houston Arboretum, Kemah Boardwalk and Sam Houston Historical Park.
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