The History Of Humble, Texas
The deep-rooted history of the beautiful Texas city.
In The Beginning
The first settler in Humble was Joseph Dunman and he made his way to the area in the late 1820s. Moving into the late 1800s, Pleasant Smith Humble acquired the land and named the small town after himself. The first business in the town was a small post office opened by Humble in 1886.
In the late 1800s, the area was mostly known for its abundance of timber, making the area a great hub for commercial businesses. The first sawmill was introduced in the Humble area by the builder C.O. Bender, and from there the area became the central point for transporting timber throughout the region. During this time, the sawmill created a small town that allowed workers to trade and sell different products and merchandise. Humble began to grow with the influx of citizens and soon the town had a couple of hotels, and general stores, plus a small church and school.
The Rise Of The Oil Industry
The oil craze began slowing down and monopolizing, thus, attention shifted to farming and back to lumber. Humble was officially incorporated as a town in 1933, but the town remained small until the Houston airport was opened in 1969. During this time, suburbs began to pop up in the area surrounding Huston. Citizens began moving out of Huston and into smaller towns like Humble, just outside of the city. Soon after, Humble became a hub for some of the areas best retail businesses.