The city was named "The Door" by French settlers in 1889 when it was founded on upper Galveston Bay. Deep-water port and petrochemical industries coexist with a pleasant residential environment and bayshore resorts.

The city is home to the Houston Yacht Club, the second oldest yacht club in the U.S. La Porte also hosts the Sylvan Beach Festival, held on Galveston Bay, the last Saturday in April.


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