Channelview is a suburb of Houston, Texas. It is renowned as a center for oil refinery and lies at the point where the San Jacinto River forms Old River. This is south of I10 and the Missouri Pacific Railroad and 15 miles southeast of Houston in eastern Harris County.
The name comes from its location on the Houston Ship Channel. This area was originally populated by oil refinery workers and their families when oil was discovered in the early 1900s. This led to schools being built for the families of the workers along with a post office. Also in the area along with the ship channel industry was a sawmill as well as other businesses and residential communities. During WW2 a U.S. Army Ordnance Depot was located in Channelview.
By the late 1940s there were around 700 people living in the area. By the 1960s a petrochemical plant was built near the ship channel and the population had grown to nearly 8,000. This grew to almost 30,000 by the end of the century. By 2010 the population of the area approached 40,000.
Famous people associated with Channelview include Lorenzo de Zavala who lived in the area. Sports stars from the area include pitcher Chris Sampson, outfielder Glenn Wilson and wide receiver Johnny Knox. The Ray Maddry Memorial Stadium is located here. The movie ‘The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom’ was based on an incident that occurred in the area during the 1990s.
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