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The Historic Wards of Houston Teaxas

Houston, Texas, is a city rich in history and diversity.  The wards serve as a living testament to Houston’s past and present. The wards were originally established as administrative districts or voting blocks, and over time have evolved into distinct neighborhoods, each with its own unique character, culture, and community. Let's look into the wards of Houston while we discover their rich history and significance that makes Houston Texas the thriving Metroplex it is today.

Houston's Sixth Ward

THE SIXTH WARD: The Sixth Ward is a historic neighborhood located in Houston, Texas, It is situated just west of Downtown Houston, bounded by Buffalo Bayou to the north, Memorial Drive to the west, Interstate 45 to the south, and Houston Avenue to the east.

The Ward was established in 1876. Home to a German immigrant working-class neighborhood. Sixth Ward has a rich history and is known for its many historic homes and buildings, many of which have been beautifully restored. The area has a unique character and charm that is evident in the architecture, street layout, and landscaping.

In addition to its historical significance, the Sixth Ward is also a vibrant and diverse community that is home to people from all walks of life. It has a strong sense of community and is known for its many cultural events and festivals throughout the year.


Houston's Fifth Ward

The Fifth Ward Historic District is a neighborhood located in Houston, Texas, which has played a significant role in the city's history and cultural heritage. Situated in the northeastern part of Houston, inside 610 Loop, and is bordered by Buffalo Bayou to the south, Lockwood Drive to the west, and Liberty Road to the north and east.

Established in the late 1800s as a settlement for freed slaves, it became one of the most prosperous African-American communities in Houston during the early 20th century. It was home to many thriving businesses, including grocery stores, cafes, and entertainment venues, which catered to the needs of the residents.

The Fifth Ward was home to several clubs and venues that were popular with both residents and visitors from across the city. with many prominent jazz and blues musicians, including Lightnin' Hopkins and Big Mama Thornton, hailing from the area.


Despite its many achievements, Fifth Ward has faced significant challenges over the years. Community leaders and organizations have launched several initiatives aimed at promoting economic development, improving housing conditions, and creating opportunities for residents. the community has a proud and resilient spirit and is working towards a brighter future. Home to several cultural landmarks, including the historic DeLuxe Theater, which was restored and reopened in 2015 as a venue for live performances, film screenings, and community events. The Emancipation Park Cultural Center, located on the edge of the neighborhood, also offers a variety of educational and cultural programs for residents and visitors alike.

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Houston's Fourth Ward

The Fourth Ward emerged as Houston's most prominent African American neighborhood when thousands of freed slaves flooded into the city after emancipation in 1865. These newcomers settled on the fringes of the third, fifth, and fourth wards. The Fourth Ward, also known as Freedman's Town, established in 1893 is now considered to be prime real estate, however, after the Civil War, Blacks settled there because Whites didn't want the swampy, flood-prone land that lies so close to Buffalo Bayou. Sometimes called the "Mother Ward.” the Fourth Ward was known for its vibrant culture and the establishment of numerous businesses, schools, and churches.


The Gregory Institute, a private school, was established in 1870 in a two-story frame building on Jefferson Avenue at Louisiana Street. The Gregory Institute became a part of the Houston public school system in 1876.The original building was beyond repair, so a new wooden building was constructed at the current site at Wilson and Cleveland in 1903 at the cost of $9690.

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Houston's Third Ward

The Third Ward, Historic District is a neighborhood located in the southeastern part of Houston, Texas. It is one of the six historic wards of Houston and is bordered by the Gulf Freeway (Interstate 45) to the east, the South Loop (Interstate 610) to the south, Almeda Road to the west, and Cleburne Street to the north.

The Third Ward has a rich history and is home to several notable institutions, including Texas Southern University, a historically black university, and the University of Houston's Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. The neighborhood is also known for its cultural landmarks, such as Emancipation Park, the Eldorado Ballroom, and Project Row Houses.

The Third Ward has a diverse population and is predominantly African American, although it is also home to other ethnic groups such as Hispanic and Asian communities. Despite its historic significance and cultural contributions, the Third Ward has faced challenges related to poverty, crime, and gentrification in recent years. However, efforts are being made to revitalize the neighborhood and preserve its cultural heritage.

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Houston's First Ward

Houston’s First Ward is a historic district located northwest of downtown Houston, Texas. It is one of the city's oldest neighborhoods, dating back to the mid-19th century. The area was originally settled by German immigrants who built homes, businesses, and churches.

Today, the First Ward is a diverse and vibrant community with a mix of historic homes, new developments, and industrial buildings. It is home to many art galleries, studios, and creative spaces, as well as restaurants, bars, and shops. The district is also known for its annual First Saturday Arts Market, a popular outdoor market that features local artists and vendors.. More to come

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Houston's Second Ward

the Second Ward a historic district is located in the eastern part of downtown Houston. It is also known as the Segundo Barrio or El Segundo, which means "the second neighborhood" in Spanish. The area is bounded by Buffalo Bayou, Lockwood Avenue,, the Gulf Freeway, and Downtown

The Second Ward was originally settled by German and Hispanic immigrants in the late 19th century and has since become a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood. The area has a rich cultural heritage and is home to several landmarks, including Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, the original Ninfa's Restaurant, and the historic Harrisburg-Sunset  Today's Second Ward is experiencing a period of revitalization and redevelopment, with new businesses and residential developments being established in the area. However, the neighborhood also faces challenges such as gentrification and displacement of long-time

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