Pearland is a not-so-small city in the area of Houston in Texas. It has a current population of around 117,000 and is one of the fastest-growing cities in the state of Texas. This is in contrast to the growth to a population of just 75 people in the first five years in the form of a tiny agricultural community. The story of how they rose from there is both fascinating and inspiring.
Pearland was not the original name. When a post office was brought to the area, the community was named Mark Belt. The name was changed in the same year because of how many pear trees there were in the area. It was in 1898 that it reached the whopping number of seventy-five in population. Despite the small number of people, Pearland was surprisingly well-developed. They had a newspaper, two general stores, two hotels, and even a real estate agent.
Their growth remained very slow. There was a hurricane known as the Galveston hurricane that almost destroyed the pear trees for some time. It was one of the greatest natural disasters ever experienced in North America up to that time. The population then planted orange and fig trees. In 1915, another hurricane blew apart homes, businesses and a school. Another significant setback came in 1918 when a severe winter freeze struck the community.
That didn't keep Pearland from struggling on. As they rebuilt, they also began to modernize. Telephone lines came to the town in 1917. During the 1930s, oil was discovered nearby, and the hard work that they had done paid off. Economic growth and population growth came together to Pearland.
It was still not officially a town, though. In 1949, Pearland began the first attempts at self-governance. In 1959, it finally became incorporated. A mayor and city council came to Pearland, and the city began to grow even more. It continues in fantastic growth to this day.
Now the median household income in the city is almost twice that of the rest of the nation. It has several top-rated public schools. While it is not considered a place for great tourist attractions, there are a number of things that add to local color and enjoyment.
One has to do with food. If the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, Pearland is doing all right. They have one of the best German restaurants in the country. King's Biergarten & Restaurant began in 2011 and seemed like a pipe dream. It was a place you could eat while your car was being washed on the property. However, the little restaurant rapidly became famous for the food and quaint atmosphere. They even eventually got air conditioning. Despite a hard start and some setbacks along the way, the restaurant was soon voted the best in America.
Then there is another attraction that, while it is meant to resemble food, is anything but edible. Pearland has a sort of scavenger hunt known as the Pear-Scape Trail. Local artists paint Four-foot tall fiberglass pears and spread around town at various sites of interest. Talk about local color.
Pearland has another attraction that may be the best of all, and that is its natural beauty. It has a varied landscape. Some areas resemble desert, others resemble forest, and others are wetlands. This makes it a beautiful place for birding.
If you love birds, you can find a wide array here. You can go bird watching at the Shadow Creek Ranch Nature Trail or John Hargrove Environmental Complex. The former is a 29-acre park and nature preserve that is only one aspect of the city's ongoing efforts to work towards awareness of the environment. The nature trail has observation bridges, viewing areas, and wetlands that are home to a great variety of wildlife.
As Pearland works towards a new interest in nature, environmental improvement is also playing out on a personal level as people plant new lawns and bigger gardens. While you may be concerned that doing something like that will cost a lot of extra labor, it is now easier than ever.
Here at Lawn Love, we can help you make your dream landscape a reality. You can get a free quote and schedule our services either online or by phone in just a few minutes. Your lawn doesn't have to be a burden anymore. Schedule today to get the services you need to help Pearland's nature efforts grow.