Highlands, Texas is also called Elena, TX and is located on State Highway 73, on the Missouri Pacific line. Farm Road 2100 is just to the east and the town is located in the eastern portion of Harris County. This area of Harris County is highly industrialized.
Highlands got its name due to its location. When the town was founded prior to 1900, the nine-square mile area that is now the site of the town was located on the eastern bank of the San Jacinto River, and this bank was higher than the west bank.
The town had a station on the Beaumont, Sour Lake and Western Railway in 1908 and this played a factor in the town’s survival. By 1926, a post office was built and in 1930, the townspeople voted to incorporate. However, the charter for incorporation was thrown out shortly after. In 1956, the measure was tried again, but defeated.
The population of the town stayed right around 200-300 people during the 1920’s and 1930’s. There were two schools, around twenty businesses, two churches and a factory and sawmill in the town, according to a drawing that dates back to 1936.
The fortunes of Highlands, TX changed during World War II. Many servicemen and women moved to the area and the community housed them as well as personnel from war plants in the area. The population went up to around 3,000 by 1948 and seventy-five businesses were in operation.
1950 and the following years brought a slight decline in the population of Highlands, and its businesses suffered a little. This changed once again when a chemical plant was opened in the town and a canning facility was built during the 1960’s. During this time, the population went back up to 4,336 residents and eighty-two businesses.
The Double Trouble Youth Rodeo Arena was built in Highlands in 1965 by W.O. Hutson. Once again, the population fluctuated during the 1970’s but the most recent estimates put the figure at 6,632 by 1990. This is a significant increase from the former years.
Many residents of Highlands commute to nearby Houston or are employed by local businesses. There are plenty of places to have fun in the town, and the Double Trouble Youth Rodeo Arena is certainly one of them. Houston also has much to offer and it will be all just minutes from your new apartment in Highlands, TX.
Having an apartment in a residential community like Highlands is a great way to balance the best of both worlds. You’ll get the urban area of Houston, with its numerous jobs, attractions and entertainment, and the peacefulness of a small town. Whether you need to work in Houston, or you just want to live in a close-knit community, Highlands is a great place to rent an apartment and start a whole new chapter in your life.
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