1951-1960


A post-war boom leads to creation of more housing and public facilities. Nessler and Sanders pools, Robinson and Stingaree stadiums and the Sanders Center are built. Texas City changes agricultural focus to transportation rather than production and the grain elevator is demolished. Nessler Park is dedicated. Galveston County Memorial Hospital (now Mainland Medical Center) is opened.

1960 population: 32,065 people


Patron looking for books at the library in Texas City


Moore Memorial Public Library
(photo by Johnny Mitchell, courtesy of Al Mitchell)



Young girls reading at the Texas City Library


Aerial view of Nessler pool in the early 1950s


Nessler Pool opening
(photo by Johnny Mitchell, courtesy of Al Mitchell)



Civil Defense Booth in June 1954


Sixth Street in the 1950s
(photo by Johnny Mitchell, courtesy of Al Mitchell)


Sixth Street parade in the 1950s
(photo by Johnny Mitchell, courtesy of Al Mitchell)



City Hall building in the early 1950s


Emken-Linton Funeral Home
(photo by Johnny Mitchell, courtesy of Al Mitchell)



First Baptist Church Class of 1952


First Baptist Church, 1952, Mrs. Anderson, Miss Evans and class


Region 7 Golf tournament at the Country Club in July 1954


Region 7 Golf tournament at the Country Club in July 1954



Sixth Street pep rally 1955 (photo by Johnny Mitchell, courtesy of Al Mitchell)


Dancing at the teen club in 1956


JayCettes Tacky party (1958)


Boy scouts planting trees in the 1950s



First Civil Service Police Cadet Class 1958: Chief R.L. DeWalt, Dick Crowder, Wayne Stroud, John Brooks, Billy Holloway, Tom Pryor, Don Amos, Carl Baumgartner, Mayor Jack Goddard


Texas City Square dancing in the 1950s


Texas City Police and boys
(photo by Johnny Mitchell, courtesy of Al Mitchell)



Pet parade (photo by Johnny Mitchell, courtesy of Al Mitchell)


Maypole, 1950s (photo by Johnny Mitchell, courtesy of Al Mitchell)


Texas City High School
(photo by Johnny Mitchell, courtesy of Al Mitchell)


Cook's Paints, Montgomery Home, Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., 1950s (photo by Johnny Mitchell, courtesy of Al Mitchell)



Latin American Baseball Team receiving trophies (photo by Johnny Mitchell, courtesy of Al Mitchell)