Pearland is defined by a rich heritage with its inception dating back to 1894. The city showcases a few historic sites that speak to Pearland’s legacy including the pivotal Gulf, Colorado and Sante Fe railroad depot and the Old Settler’s Cemetery.
- Take a stroll through historic Zychlinski Park in the Pearland Old Town Site and peek at the 1937 High School (Killen’s BBQ is in the original cafeteria!) while you’re there. The Old Settler’s Cemetery is home to the graves of six Civil War veterans.
- Pearland’s development, delayed by the devastating storms of 1900 and 1915, was sustained by the promotion of the area as an agricultural wonderland with vital railroad access. Enter the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad Depot. While not currently open to the public, the building is awaiting repairs and renovations after being damaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008.
- Just outside of Pearland, the 1940 Air Terminal Museum is quite the spot for aviation and history enthusiasts, and even planespotters.
- If you are an American History buff, Battleship Texas is a must-see. It is the only ship still around that participated in both world wars. While you’re there, explore the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site.
- For a true Texas history experience, George Ranch Historical Park is the place to be! Situated on 20,000+ acres of working ranch land, the Park offers a glimpse of Texas history through four generations of one family.