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Beautiful Galveston Bay - Seabrook, Texas | by Marc McKinney Photography
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Beautiful Galveston Bay - Seabrook, Texas

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Seabrook is a city in the U.S. state of Texas within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area and Harris County. The population was 9,443 at the 2000 census and estimated to be 11,182 in 2006.


Seabrook is known for its fish markets on Waterfront Drive where resident shrimpers and fishermen bring in their catches daily. Besides bordering the bay, the city encompasses marshes though which runoff from inland fields drain to the bay. There are eight miles (13 km) of continuous trails from Hammer Street to Galveston Bay at Pine Gully Park, where the Lucky Trails Marathon is run in March. Seabrook is also host to the Texas Concours d'Elegance "Keels & Wheels" classic car and boat show held each year the first weekend in May at Lakewood Yacht Club.


The piece of land was purchased by Seabrook W. Sydnor in 1895. In March 1903, the Seabrook Company of Houston created a layout of the proposed Seabrook Town site. The new town attracted fishermen, merchants and even a few residents. The historic downtown that was built then still stands today, with many locals running their businesses. Most are antique shops of bed and breakfast places.


The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 demolished the local school, but by 1905 it was restored and was run by three teachers who taught 100 students. The local schools became part of the Clear Creek Independent School District in 1947.


The population of Seabrook rose from 200 to 560 before the Great Depression, but fell to 200 in 1936, and remained at 400 from 1940 until 1947, when the Albert and Ernest Fay shipyard opened. It could handle 150 boats, and opened up jobs and is the main cause of the population increase. Despite damage from Hurricane Carla, a bridge linking Seabrook and Kemah was completed in 1961 and in addition to the opening of the Johnson Space Center (JSC), the population numbered approximately 6,000. Then in 1986, the decision was finally made to start the construction of a fixed-span bridge that was tall enough for sailboats to pass under. After this bridge was finished, Highway 146 was linked all the way from Galveston to Beltway 8. This highly increased the population of Seabrook, TX. Now the population is resting at around 13,000 people. Seabrook's residents have various ways to make a living. Some of the jobs include working in chemical plants, construction work and working in sales. There are plenty of working class citizens in Seabrook and there are also job's in NASA and business owners.

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Taken on July 22, 2011