Texas Independence Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Deer Park

The family-oriented, growing community of Deer Park has provided easy access for years to Greater Houston and outlying points of interest in the Bay Area and Gulf Coast.



Deer Park's history is rich: on this land, ragtag settlers under General Sam Houston defeated General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna’s well trained Mexican Army April 21, 1836, securing Texas’ independence from Mexico.  The Houston Ship Channel and Port of Houston brought sea and trade to her back door in the 1870s. Simeon West of Illinois founded and named the town in 1892 after the large amount of deer that roamed the gulf plains.  He dreamed of a “community of opportunity”. Years after the great flood of 1900 and destruction of most homes, property, crops and livestock Deer Park struggled to meet that dream during a difficult infancy. 

Opened in 1929 Shell Oil’s new refinery breathed life back into the community, spawning an industrial complex that would attract like companies, bringing jobs and unimaginable opportunities to her residents. Deer Park’s population grew from a scant 100 in 1940 to over 30,000 residents today who still enjoy the benefits of big city business in a small town setting.

As a testament to its hometown family appeal Deer Park was named both Bloomberg Business Week’s Best Affordable Suburb and’s #10 most affordable places to live in the United States.