1971-1980


Major changes in the global oil and energy markets cause widespread mergers. Corporate ownership of Texas City plants and refineries changes to centers outside of Texas and, in some cases, outside of the United States. The Arab oil embargo leads to an economic downturn for Texas City. Increased building by the City of Texas City includes the Carver Center, the shooting range, the Bayou Golf Club and the Lowry Center. A charter change increases representation and diversity on the City Commission. Citizens pass an $18 million dollar bond issue for sewers, pump stations and water treatment facilities.

1980 population: 41,403 people


Emmett F. Lowry


Texas City Heritage Association (established in 1972)



Aerial view of Mainland Medical Center in the 1970s


Aerial view of College of the Mainland in the 1970s



Looking south on Sixth Street in 1973


Carver Center, 1973 (photo courtesy of Joe Hoover)


Local architech Joe Hoover (far right) received the 1974 Design Award from the Texas Society of Architects for the Carver Center design. (photo courtesy of Joe Hoover)



Period costumes as the Heritage Association begins restoration of the Davison home (1974)


Amoco Texas Refining Company (1978)



City Hall employees enjoying the snow.


Mayor and City Commissioners in 1978
From left to right: Lynn Ellison, Chuck Doyle, Dick Wiley, Mayor Emmett Lowry (seated), Ted Dudley, Thomas Carter, D.D. Haney


Aerial view of Texas City in the 1970s looking west by southwest (Snug Harbor area). (photo by Jerry Cooper)


Aerial view of Texas City in the 1970s looking due west (Snug Harbor area). (photo by Jerry Cooper)


Aerial view of Texas City in the 1970s looking northwest (Snug Harbor area). (photo by Jerry Cooper)


Aerial view of Texas City in the 1970s looking east on 9th Avenue. (photo by Jerry Cooper)


Aerial view of Texas City in the 1970s looking southeast. (photo by Jerry Cooper)


Aerial view of Texas City in the 1970s looking south-southeast off 9th Street. (photo by Jerry Cooper)


Aerial view of Texas City in the 1970s looking southeast off 9th Avenue. (photo by Jerry Cooper)


Aerial view of Texas City in the 1970s looking south between 9th and 10th. (photo by Jerry Cooper)


Aerial view of Texas City in the 1970s looking southwest (Chelsea area). (photo by Jerry Cooper)