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  • Map of Houston, TX, USA
    Map of Houston, TX, USA
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    Map of Houston, Texas, USA
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    Downtown Houston
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    The Karankawas: the Indians of the Houston area

    by XenoHumph Updated Jan 22, 2013

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    Probable appearance of a Karankawa warrior, Texas

    Favorite thing: Before Europeans came to what is now the Houston area (the first explorator of the region being the spaniard Cabeza de la Vaca in 1528), indians called Karankawas roamed the Gulf Coast area. The last Karankawas were killed in 1858. Karankawas were nomadic hunter-gatherers, living mainly on fish.

    More on Karankawas can be found in the Handbook of Texas Online
    This picture was taken from a website on the Karankawas of Padre Island
    A map of Karankawas territory can be found at http://www.texasindians.com/karank.htm
    Authentic descriptions of Karankawas by early European explorators can be found here

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    When to go to Houston; the weather

    by XenoHumph Updated Apr 8, 2004

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    Wild flowers in the spring near Houston, Texas

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    Houston has a semi-tropical climate. The weather is extremely pleasant throughout the year, except in the summer when it is very hot and humid. When it rains, it is generally very heavy, sudden and violent storms, and floods are common. Finally, like all the Gulf of Mexico coast, Houston can get hit by hurricanes from July to October (see my Warning or Danger tips for details on hurricanes).

    December-January-February
    Temperatures: 40-65ºF (4-18ºC)
    Rain: 3' (88 mm)
    Wind: from the North
    Winter is very mild in Houston. I generally still have beautiful tropical flowers in my garden in December! We generally get only a few nights of freeze. Temperatures vary wildly, sometimes with gorgeous warm days, and others gray and cold. Although the cloudiest months of the year on average, there are still lots of sunny days.

    March-April
    Temperatures: 50-78ºF (10-26ºC)
    Rain: 3' (88 mm)
    Wind: from the Southeast
    The best time to come to Houston! The weather is generally gorgeous, warm with cool nights. Houston is full of blooming azealeas late in March, and the spectacular wild flower season is at its peak in mid-April. Best time to go see alligators as well.

    May-June
    Temperatures: 64-90ºF (18-32ºC)
    Rain: 5' (130 mm)
    Wind: from the Southeast
    Extremely pleasant time to be in Houston but only up to mid-June when it generally starts to be too hot and humid. It can rain a lot, like a whole week non-stop (the dramatic flooding from tropical storm Allison happened in June 2001), but you can get plenty of sun (May 2003 was completely dry!).
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    July-August
    Temperatures: 72-93ºF (22-34ºC)
    Rain: 4' (90 mm)
    Wind: from the South-Southeast
    Houston summer is very very very hot and humid. With the humidity, a temperature of 95 can easily feel like more than 100ºF. The nights are also hot and muggy. If you are outside, make sure you have lot of water to drink with you and lots of sun cream. Take a sweater for inside the buildings which are in contrast freezing cold! Although in general sunny, you get occasional violent thunderstorms. It is the peak of the hurricane season, so be aware of the meteo. Thunderstorms and hurricanes can be accompanied by tornadoes, so listen to the radio for warnings during these times. Houston gardens, streets and roads are lined with beautiful colored blooming oleanders, crepe myrtles and hibiscus.

    September-October-November
    Temperatures: 55-88ºF (10-31ºC)
    Rain: 4' (110 mm)
    Wind: from the E-NE, then SE, then N
    Again a beautiful season, fall in Houston! Pleasant temperatures, lots of sun. Note that it can still be too hot and humid till mid-September and that hurricane season is still on till mid-November. It can rain a lot, like October 2002 where we have not seen the sun for a month! Not too many trees turn into beautiful fall colors like in Canada or New-England. Here it is more subdued as most native species do not loose their leaves: pines are evergreen (duh...) and live oaks loose and gain their new leaves at the same time in March-April only. For fall tree color, it is best to go to some parts of the Hill Country (NW San Antonio, about a 4 hour drive from Houston) as native trees there put on a spectacular show. Hibiscus are still giving spectacular shows, however.

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    Houston radios

    by XenoHumph Updated Oct 4, 2004

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    Houston skyline

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    As you will be driving a lot in Houston and likely be stuck in a few traffic jams, listening to the radio might help you pass the time. Here is a quick guide to Houston's radio stations.

    Quick guide :

    88.7FM, KUHF: National Public Radio news and programs, classical music
    90.1FM, KPFT/Pacifica: alternative radio, defenders of human rights, BBC world news
    91.7FM, Rice University: weird musics of all types! Very fun, despite the sleepy voices of the student announcers. Childrens' program on Sat afternoon
    90.9, Texas Southern University: jazz mainly

    FM Stations

    * KJIC, Southern Gospel, 88.1 FM
    * KUHF, Houston's Classic Choice, 88.7 FM
    * KSBJ, Christian, 89.3 FM
    * KACC, Alvin Community College, 89.7 FM
    * KPFT, Pacifica, 90.1 FM
    * KTSU, Texas Southern University, 90.9 FM
    * KPVU, Prarie View A&M University, 91.3 FM
    * KTRU, Rice Radio, 91.7 FM
    * KRTS-FM, Classical, 92.1 FM
    * KKBQ-FM, Country, 92.9 FM
    * KOVE, Spanish Adult Contemporary, 93.3 FM
    * KKRW, Rock Oldies, 93.7 FM
    * KTBZ, Alternative Rock, 94.5 FM
    * KIKK-FM, Country, 95.7 FM
    * KHMX, Adult Pop Rock, 96.5 FM
    * KKTL-FM, Pop Oldies, 97.1 FM (Simulcast of KLDE)
    * KAYD, Country, 97.5 FM
    * KBXX, Urban Contemporary, 97.9 FM
    * KTJM, Rhythmic Oldies, 98.5 FM
    * KODA, Adult Comtemporary, 99.1 FM
    * KILT-FM, Country, 100.3 FM
    * KRTX, Top 40, 100.7 FM
    * KLOL, Album Rock, 101.1 FM
    * KMJQ, Urban Contemporary, 102.1 FM
    * KLTN, Spanish, 102.9 FM
    * KJOJ-FM, Rhythmic Oldies, 103.3 FM (Simulcast of KTJM)
    * KRBE-FM, Top 40, 104.1 FM
    * KHCB, Christian, 105.7 FM
    * KQQK, Tejano, 106.5 FM
    * KHPT, 80's, 106.9 FM
    * KLDE, Pop Oldies, 107.5 FM
    * KXTJ, Tejano, 107.9 FM

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    AM Stations

    * KILT, Sports, 610 AM
    * KIKK, Business News, 650 AM
    * KSEV, News/Sports/Talk, 700 AM
    * KTRH, News/Sports/Talk, 740 AM
    * KBME, Big Band, 790 AM
    * KEYH, Spanish, 850 AM
    * KJOJ, Vietnamese, 880 AM
    * KYST, Spanish, 920 AM
    * KPRC, News/Sports/Talk, 950 AM
    * KRTX, Spanish News/Talk, 980 AM
    * KLAT, Spanish News/Talk, 1010 AM
    * KKHT, Christian Talk Radio, 1070 AM
    * KNUZ, Spanish Religious, 1090 AM
    * KTEK, Religious, Vietnamese, 1110 AM
    * KYOK, Gospel, 1140 AM
    * KGOL, Asian, 1180 AM
    * KQUE, Spanish Music, 1230 AM
    * KXYZ, Spanish News/Talk, 1320 AM
    * KWWJ, Gospel, 1360 AM
    * KCOH, R&B, 1430 AM
    * KLVL, Spanish Religious, 1480 AM
    * KANI, Gospel, 1500 AM
    * KYND, Spanish Religious, 1520 AM
    * KILE, Spanish Religious, 1560 AM
    * KMIC, Radio Disney, 1590 AM

    Website on Houston radios with links to the stations' websites:
    http://www.houston.tx.us/radio.html

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    Houston facts

    by XenoHumph Updated Apr 8, 2004

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    Downtown Houston

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    Houston is the 4th largest city in the USA: 2 millions inhabitants in the city itself, 4.5 millions if you include the suburbs. It is located on the Southern coast of the USA, along the Gulf of Mexico. Downtown Houston is actually about 30 miles (40 km) from the coast where the resort town of Galveston lies. A huge bay is located just Southeast of Houston, it is Galveston Bay.

    The country around Houston is very flat as it is located on the Gulf of Mexico coastal plain (a carbonate platform). Bayous (=wet lands) characterize most of the landscape around Houston, except in the North where big pine forests extend for hundreds of miles, and the Northwest where fields and forests alternate in gently rolling hills. Serious hills start near Austin and San Antonio, in the Hill Country, about 4 to 5 hours drive Northwest of Houston.

    The climate is subtropical, a little too humid and hot in the summer, but otherwise pleasant throughout the year. In winter it freezes maybe 2 or 3 nights a year! It rains a lot, but in big bursts in the form of violent tropical storms and thunderstorms, leaving an overall impression of a very sunny place!

    Houston (founded 1836) developped mainly around the oil industry and a huge amount of the population still works in petrochemicals. It is also home to the NASA Johnson Space Center where astronauts receive their training, where 'mission control' is located, and where the Moon rocks are curated.
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    Here are more facts on Houston
    (most of them from the City of Houston website):
    - Home to 18 Fortune 500 companies and more than 5,000 energy related firms, Houston is considered by many as the Energy Capital of the world.
    - Houston has the most affordable housing of 10 most populated metropolitan areas; Houston housing costs are 39 percent below the average of 26 U.S. urban populations of more than 1.5 million.
    - The Port of Houston ranks as the nation's largest port in international tonnage and second in total tonnage.
    - Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, with a local economic impact of $10 billion. More than 52,000 people work within its facilities, which encompass 21 million square feet. Altogether 4.8 million patients visit them each year.
    - Houston is home to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The largest rodeo in the world, it attracts more than 1.8 million visitors each year.
    - And I have to add, Houston has won the dreaded title of "fatest city in the USA", meaning that there is here the largest percentage of overweight people in any american city!!
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    Map of Houston: Caption by Number

    by XenoHumph Written Mar 29, 2005

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    Map of Houston, TX, USA

    Favorite thing: CLICK HERE TO HAVE A GOOD VIEW OF THIS
    MAP OF HOUSTON showing:

    -- Freeways and main highways

    -- Airport locations
    A1 Bush Intercontinental Airport
    A2 Hobby Airport
    A3 Ellington Field

    -- Suburbs

    -- Districts of Houston or points of interest (numbers)

    Caption by numbers:
    1 Downtown
    2 Museum District & Herman Park (Museum of Fine Arts of Houston (MFAH), Museum of Natural History, Children's Museum, Holocaust Museum; N of 2 across 59 is the Menil Collection)
    3 Montrose Area
    4 Freeman's Town = 4th Ward
    5 Rice University
    6 Medical Center
    7 Rice Village
    8 Braeswood & West University
    9 Memorial Park (Arboretum)
    10 River Oak
    11 Greenway
    12 West End
    13 Old 6th Ward
    14 The Heights
    15 Post Oak (Galleria)
    16 Memorial
    17 Tanglewood
    18 Spring Branch
    19 Mid Westheimer Villages (Hilshire, Spring Valley, Hedwig, Hunters Creek, Bunker Hill, Piney Point)
    20 Bellaire & Sharpstown
    21 Westberry
    22 Stadiums (Reliant & Astrodome)
    23 University of Houston
    24 Texas Southern University
    25 Riverside (Brays Bayou)
    26 East End
    27 North Side
    28 San Jacinto Monument
    29 NASA Johnson Space Center
    30 Armand Bayou
    31 Morgan's Point
    32 Kemah Boardwalk
    33 National Museum of Funeral History

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    Getting Oriented

    by GroovyDoc Written Jan 5, 2003

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    Favorite thing: To get spatially oriented in the city, I like to think of Houston as a big clock face. Okay, it sounds stupid, but it works b/c the interstates either run in circles around the "clock" or intersect in the middle of it. Downtown (& the theater district) is in the center of the clock, the Medical Center/Rice Village/Museums/Astroworld area are at 6 o'clock, Sugarland is at about 7:30, Katy is way out past the 9, the Woodlands are way out past 11, and Clear Lake/NASA is at 4. Galveston would be way out past 4.

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    Map of Houston: Caption by Alphabetical Order

    by XenoHumph Written Mar 29, 2005

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    Map of Houston, Texas, USA

    Favorite thing: Caption by alphabetical order
    4th Ward = Freeman's Town 4
    (Old) 6th Ward 13
    Arboretum (in Memorial Park) 9
    Armand Bayou 30
    Astrodome & Reliant Stadiums 22
    Baytown Town E of Houston
    Bellaire & Sharpstown 20
    Braeswood & West University 8
    Brays Bayou (Riverside) 25
    Children's Museum (Museum District) 2
    Clear Lake area Suburb SE of Houston (League City, Webster, Kemah, Seabrook, 29, 30,32)
    Clear Lake Shores Suburb SE of Houston
    Deer Park Suburb E of Houston
    Downtown1
    East End 26
    First Colony Suburb SW of Houston
    Freeman's Town = 4th Ward 4
    Friendswood Suburb SE of Houston
    Funeral History (National Museum of) 33
    Galveston Beach Resort SE of Houston, along the Gulf of Mexico
    Galena Park Suburb E of Houston
    Galleria (Post Oak) 15
    Greenway 11
    (The) Heights 14
    Herman Park & Museum District 2
    Holocaust Museum (Museum District) 2
    Humble Suburb NE of Houston
    Jersey Village Suburb NW of Houston
    Johnson Space Center NASA 29
    Kemah Suburb SE of Houston
    Kemah Boardwalk 32
    Kingwood Suburb NE of Houston
    La Porte Suburb E of Houston
    League City Suburb SE of Houston
    Medical Center 6
    Menil Collection N of 2, on the N side of highway 59
    Memorial 16
    Memorial Park9
    Mid Westheimer Villages (Hilshire, Spring Valley, Hedwig, Hunters Creek, Bunker Hill, Piney Point) 19

    Fondest memory: Missouri City Suburb SW of Houston
    Montrose Area 3
    Morgan's Point 31
    Museum District & Herman Park 2
    Museum of Fine Arts of Houston (MFAH, Museum District) 2
    Museum of Natural History of Houston (Museum District, Herman Park) 2
    National Museum of Funeral History 33
    NASA Johnson Space Center 29
    North Houston Suburb N of Houston
    North Side 27
    Old 6th Ward 13
    Pasadena Suburb E of Houston
    Pearland Suburb S of Houston
    Post Oak (Galleria) 15
    Reliant & Astrodome Stadiums 22
    Rice Village 7
    Rice University5
    River Oak 10
    Riverside (Brays Bayou) 25
    San Jacinto Monument 28
    Sharpstown & Bellaire 20
    Shore Acres Suburb E-SE of Houston
    Space Center (NASA-JSC) 29
    Spring Branch 18
    Stadiums (Reliant & Astrodome) 22
    Stafford Suburb SW of Houston
    Sugarland Suburb SW of Houston
    Tanglewood 17
    Texas City Town SE of Houston
    Texas Southern University 24
    University of Houston 23
    Webster Suburb SE of Houston
    Westberry 21
    West End 12
    (Mid) Westheimer Villages (Hilshire, Spring Valley, Hedwig, Hunters Creek, Bunker Hill, Piney Point) 19
    West University & Braeswood 8
    (The) Woodlands Suburb N of Houston

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    This is a view of Houston...

    by tarush Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: This is a view of Houston from space.. You can clearly see the network of freeways converging on downtown...

    Someone actually asked me whether I took this picture myself...and he was serious. I didn't know what to answer so I said yes.. ;) It takes all kinds!!!

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