TIMELINE: Houston’s firsts, from the momentous to the mundane and everything in between

Aerial view of Houston skyline.
Aerial view of Houston skyline. (Pixabay)

Since its founding in 1836, Houston has had some unforgettable and historic firsts, such as the first Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (then known as the Houston Fat Stock Show & Rodeo) in 1932 or that time back in 1969 when "Houston” was the first word spoken from the lunar surface during the first manned mission to the moon, an undertaking controlled from the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston mind you. The city’s also had some less momentous and memorable firsts: Anyone ever think back fondly on the Houston Stonewalls’ brutal 35-2 win against the Galveston Robert E. Lees in the city’s first recorded baseball game? Yeah, probably not. But still interesting, no?

Okay, so here it is, for your viewing pleasure: a timeline of Houston’s firsts, from the momentous to the mundane, and everything in between.


Houston is founded on August 30 by brothers Augustus C. and John K. Allen, who pay just over $1.40 per acre for 6,642 acres near headwaters of Buffalo Bayou.


Houston’s first mayor, James S. Holman, is elected.

The Laura is the first steamship to visit Houston.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office was founded. It is now the largest sheriff’s office in Texas and the third largest in the country.

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