; Spanish control of Texas was followed by Mexican control of Texas and it can be difficult to separate the Spanish and Mexican influences on the future state the most obvious legacy is that of the language; every major river in modern Texas except the Red River has a Spanish or Anglicized name as do 42 of the state's 254 counties Numerous towns also bear Spanish names. Atascocita German immigrants started arriving in Texas and Houston after the Revolutions of 1848 in the German states Many were educated and arrived with capital to set up businesses or buy farms the port in Houston was getting some shipping business but the shallowness of the water hampered massive shipping During the 1850s the Houstonians decided to build a rail system to connect their port with rail links Eleven companies built 451 miles of track before 1860 Mexicans who were one of the earliest immigrant groups to Houston worked as railroad builders and stayed in the area.. . Farmers and ranchers were especially hard hit as prices for cotton and livestock fell sharply Beginning in 1934 and lasting until 1939 the Dust Bowl an ecological disaster of severe wind and drought caused an exodus from Texas and the surrounding plains in which over 500,000 Americans were homeless hungry and jobless. Thousands left the region forever to seek economic opportunities in California For the majority of farmers who remained the New Deal's Agricultural Adjustment Act was a crash program started in 1933 that in two weeks signed up cotton growers even as agents and committeemen faced poor roads bureaucratic delays inadequate supplies balking mules and language barriers it brought recovery by the mid-1930s raising cotton prices by controls on how much farmers could plant, Various companies are headquartered in incorporated and unincorporated areas throughout Harris County.
Harris County ESD #14 Dual Highlands VFD 2% .05 Anna Rohleder of Forbes said "Among Houston's wealthy denizens social life centers on charity events and the arts.". . East Texas is home to the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame located in Carthage East Texans enjoy a range of music that is influenced by gospel bluegrass blues rock country soul rhthym and blues Cajun etc Texas blues originated in East Texas with many legends having been born in the region including Lightnin' Hopkins and T-Bone Walker East Texans enjoy live music at many of the region's fairs and festivals including the Texas Rose Festival in Tyler the East Texas Yamboree in Gilmer and Longview's Great Texas Balloon Race East Texas also has many venues included in what is commonly referred to as the Texas country music circuit although the majority of such venues are located in Central/South/West Texas and the metropolitan areas of the state. Houston with a customer base of more than 3 million is AT&T's largest service city the city's telecommunications infrastructure completes more than 70 million Houston telephone connections daily the Texas Public Utilities Commission has certified more than 400 additional local exchange carriers to provide service statewide or specifically within Houston More than 1,600 interexchange carriers have registered with the commission to provide long distance service.