Hitchcock, Texas

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Hitchcock is a city in Galveston County, Texas, United States. The population was 6,386 at the 2000 census.

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History

Hitchcock was created as a station of the railroad between Galveston and Houston in 1873 and around the turn of the 20th century became a vegetable shipping center. The settlement's economy crashed in the 1930s after insect plagues in the surrounding areas, and the area stayed impoverished until the establishment of both an anti-aircraft training base and the Hitchcock Naval Air Station at the beginning of World War II. After the end of the war, the bases were used as discharge centers and some former soldiers settled in the area. Hitchcock was established in 1960 as the area's population boomed, topping out at nearly 7,000 by the end of the 1960s. Today, the town serves as a suburb of Galveston and houses workers from the Johnson Space Center.[citation needed]

Geography

Hitchcock is located at 29°20′19″N 95°0′39″W / 29.33861°N 95.01083°W / 29.33861; -95.01083 (29.338715, -95.010861).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 92.0 square miles (238.3 km²), of which, 66.5 square miles (172.1 km²) of it is land and 25.5 square miles (66.2 km²) of it (27.77%) is water.

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