Thursday, November 20, 2008

There's No Place Like Home Tag

I was tagged for this meme by Queen Size Funny Bone - I love her!

The following is a little TAG that allows your Bloggy neighbors to get to know a little information about the town or city you live in. State the name and then Post 10 facts or observations about the town you call home. Then tag 4 people.

Home is Humble, Texas, a suburb of Houston, although I moved to another suburb on the other side of Houston 3 1/2 years ago. Humble will always be home! In fact, I wrote a Thursday Thirteen about my home town a long time ago.

1. The "H" is silent. It is pronounced Umble.

2. Humble is named for Englishman Pleasant S. Humble, a San Jacinto River ferry operator whose family settled there before the (US) Civil War.

3. George Bush Intercontinental Airport is five minutes away. I'm used to planes going over, so when 09/11 happened, it was eerily quiet in the sky.

4. Located on the Texas and New Orleans Railroad, later the Houston, East, and West Texas Railway.

5. The First United Methodist Church of Humble was established in 1886. (Click on the link for an inside look at the historic chapel.) This is where both my sister and I were baptized, confirmed, and married.

6. Humble became a pioneer oil “boom town” in 1904 when oil was discovered in an area known as Moonshine Hill (figure that one out). In 1905, Humble had the largest producing oilfield in Texas.

7. Ross Sterling (later, a governor of Texas) founded the Humble Oil and Refining Company in 1911.

8. Humble Oil became known as Exxon over two decades ago.

9. In 1912, during a drill, what was supposed to be oil turned out to be a free-flowing artesian well which later provided water to the bath houses and private homes. It is still flowing today and is located across the street and half a block from the Church.

10. Humble was a small, rural, cowboy town when I was little. You could get an ice cream for a nickel at the Rexall before you went to dancing lessons across the street. A few stores down was a one screened movie theater called teh Jewel. Quarter movies! I saw the Poseidon Adventure, Soilent Green, James Bond, the Shaggy Dog, and Herbie the Lovebug there.

Now Humble is just like any other suburb. Thanks for tagging me, Tammy!

I tag



7 comments:

anthonynorth said...

That's an interesting history lesson.
Enjoyed that.

"J" said...

Okay...
Are you ready for all this!!!!! I soooooooooooooooooooo know everything you are talking about in this post.....it's all within walking distance from me!!!!!!! =)

I work in "THE" Humble Oils Building! It's across the street from "THE" church you are talking about and "THE" movie theater is right down the street!!! A friend of mine (Sign Mart) just re-did the sign for the Jewel!!!!!! =)

You did a really great post for Humble!!!!! =)

Tuesday after Thanksgiving is the Christmas Light Parade on Main St! I will be here! =) We always stay after work to watch it! We order pizza and hang out and talk!

I can't make the scrapbook thing! =( Sorry! I would LOVE to!!! I would LOVE to make some Christmas cards!!!! Also, I can't make our Thanksgiving meeting!!!! =( That is the same time we are going to Canton!!!!

Did you use to eat at the Humble City Cafe?!?! It's sooooooooooooo YUM! I will go there maybe once a month or so!

jenn said...

Mine is up. Thanks for the tag!

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Great list, makes me a little home sick!

Bubba's Sis said...

Oooo - this is fun! Even tho you didn't tag me, I'm going to play, too!

Melanie said...

Sounds like Humble is a gorgoues place full of history. I love travelling and exploring new places and I love learning about the history of new places so I love this post.

D... said...

This is neat! I didn't know all that about Humble. I did, however, know not to pronounce the "H". :)

I consider both Pine Bluff, AR and Memphis, TN to be my hometown for very different reasons.

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