Deer Park was founded in 1892 by Simeon H. West, a farmer, retired legislator, and much-traveled adventurer from Illinois. He named the town for the large number of deer that roamed the Gulf plains. A railroad station opened later that year and a post office followed in 1893.
The subdivision was established in 1893 and was the site of a Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway station by about 1894. A Deer Park post office was established in 1893, discontinued in 1919, and reestablished in 1930. In 1896, the community, with a population of forty, had a hotel, a general store, and three resident carpenters. By 1922 Deer Park had dwindled down to almost nothing with four houses, one little schoolhouse, and an old hotel with a few scattered shacks along the railroad right-of-way. 1928 brought in Shell Oil Company breaking ground on a new refinery. In the 1930s, an independent school district was established. By 1940, the population had grown to 100. By 1946, however, the area began to flourish as Deer Park became the site of refineries and toluene plants for the production of TNT.
The citizens of Deer Park voted to incorporate on December 12, 1948, and a few weeks later Earl E. Dunn became the first mayor. Because of the 1948 incorporation, Houston did not incorporate Deer Park's territory into its city limits. The first city council meeting was held on February 7, 1949. The population had grown to 700 by 1948, to 5,000 by 1960 with a fire station, city hall, playground parks and an independent city water supply. A public library was begun in 1962. Population was 12,773 in 1970, and 28,520 in 2000. This growth has been fueled by the growth of the petrochemical industry as well as the growth of business along the Houston Ship Channel. Deer Park has a school district with 14 campuses, a city library, community theater, municipal court building, three fire stations, numerous city parks and recreational facilities, state-of-the-art water and sewer processing facilities, a post office, several hotels, 14 major industries as well as several light industrial companies. Today, Deer Park has approximately 9,000 homes and more than 30,000 residents.
It is near the site of the Battle of San Jacinto, where, on April 21, 1836, Texas won its independence from Mexico. Because the initial surrender treaty after the battle was signed in Dr. George Moffitt Patrick's cabin, Deer Park bills itself as the "Birthplace of Texas". The original cabin was located on Buffalo Bayou where Rohm and Haas now has a chemical plant in Deer Park. A replica of Dr. Patrick's cabin is in front of the Theatre/Courts Building on Center Street.
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For Sale|1,798 sqft|3 beds|2 baths|0.1791 acres|#48678290
For Sale|2,532 sqft|4 beds|2.5 baths|0.1263 acres|#83907285
For Sale|1,431 sqft|3 beds|2.5 baths|0.1612 acres|#53295493
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For Sale|1,790 sqft|3 beds|1.5 baths|0.1873 acres|#73865362
For Sale|1,432 sqft|4 beds|2 baths|0.1612 acres|#77490484
For Sale|3,169 sqft|4 beds|2.5 baths|0.2192 acres|#29186325
For Sale|1,675 sqft|3 beds|2 baths|0.1582 acres|#58370810
For Sale|1,722 sqft|4 beds|2 baths|0.1405 acres|#61753552
For Sale|1,774 sqft|3 beds|2 baths|0.2066 acres|#34941211
For Sale|1,710 sqft|4 beds|2 baths|0.1779 acres|#44166488
For Sale|1,051 sqft|3 beds|2 baths|0.1708 acres|#24479952
For Sale|1,928 sqft|4 beds|2 baths|0.1612 acres|#97018980
Pending|1,269 sqft|3 beds|1.5 baths|0.1612 acres|#6901367
For Rent|1,505 sqft|4 beds|1.5 baths|0.168 acres|#31891294
Pending|2,359 sqft|4 beds|2.5 baths|0.2542 acres|#19036320
For Sale|2,009 sqft|3 beds|2 baths|0.2417 acres|#84427904
For Rent|1,969 sqft|3 beds|2 baths|0.5746 acres|#11529415
For Rent|1,317 sqft|3 beds|1 bath|0.1708 acres|#24914124
For Sale|2,180 sqft|3 beds|2 baths|0.1928 acres|#84014159
For Sale|4,563 sqft|5 beds|3.5 baths|0.2055 acres|#46004494
For Rent|1,697 sqft|3 beds|2 baths|0.1956 acres|#44835654