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Ask2: How did Houston become known as H-town?

The skyline of Houston is seen in this undated file image.
The skyline of Houston is seen in this undated file image. (KPRC)

HOUSTONAs part of KPRC’s Ask2, we’ve invited you to ask us questions about Houston that you’ve wondered about, and we will try to hunt down the answer for you.

Question: "I don't understand H-town. Was Houston once Houstontown? Was it H-ton and it's morphed into H-town? Please explain."

H-Town is undoubtedly one of Houston's most popular nicknames.

Houston was never referred to as Houstontown or H-town. The nickname H-Town started to become commonly used in the 90s.

It is speculated 'H-Town' was introduced by a local R&B group called H-Town at the time. Additionally, the Arena Theater was referred to as the H-Town Arena.

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