Clute, Texas

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Clute is a city in Brazoria County, Texas within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the city population was 10,424. The city gained some fame with the discovery of a fossilized mammoth named Asiel. There is now a restaurant/museum of the same name to honor this discovery.

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Geography

Clute is located at 29°1′34″N 95°23′40″W / 29.02611°N 95.39444°W / 29.02611; -95.39444 (29.026060, -95.394539)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.6 square miles (14.6 km²), of which, 5.3 square miles (13.9 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of it (5.14%) is water.

History

Clute's history began at the junction of the old Calvit and Eagle Island Plantations.[5] Alexander (Sandy) Calvit, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred, obtained title to the land in 1824.[6] Eagle Island Plantation belonged to Jared Groce, the richest man in Austin's Colony.[7] Calvit's plantation later became the Herndon sugar plantation, owned by John H. Herndon, who married Calvit's only daughter.[8]

After the American Civil War, Joseph Pegan, Soloman J. Clute, and several relatives including George and John Clute, founded a community near the plantation site.[9] In 1881, the name Clute was adopted when both plantations were bought by Solomon J. Clute.[10] George was described as, "a little Yankee from New York with a long, white beard." [11] The other founders of Clute have also been described as northernors.[12] The Clutes acquired additional land from Herndon, who put it up for auction in the 1870s.[13]

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