Texas Independence Trail Region

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

Houston: Market Square Historic District

Market Square Historic District
Market Square Park

Market Square is Houston’s original town center. The town’s founders, the Allen Brothers, first landed at a bend in the Buffalo Bayou, just a stone’s throw from this spot in 1836 – the same year Texas gained its independence. It’s now a visitor site called Allen’s Landing. Market Square was home to Houston’s town hall (four of them, as each one burned in separate fires) for 100 years. It also hosted a thriving open air produce and fish market. Today it’s a vibrant and historic square surrounded by restaurants and businesses, and crowned with the lovely Market Square Park.

Watch our Texas: The Republic Era video to learn more about the history of Texas Independence.  This video was produced for inclusion in our Texas: Forged of Revolution mobile tour found in our Texas Time Travel Tours mobile app. Download the app for more videos and travel information:



  • 301 Milam St.
  • Houston, Texas
  • 77002



  •  Daily, 6 a.m. - 11 pm.