80R4748 MMS-D
  By: Hernandez H.C.R. No. 81
         WHEREAS, The Denver Harbor neighborhood, in northeast
  Houston, is one of the oldest communities in the Bayou City; and
         WHEREAS, Bounded on the north by Wallisville Road, on the
  west by the Houston Belt and Terminal Railroad, on the south by the
  Southern Pacific Railroad, and on the east by the Port Authority
  Railroad, the area was first settled in the 1890s; platting in 1911
  and again in 1913 created what were originally four distinct
  subdivisions: Denver, Harbor, Harbordale, and Liberty Heights; and
         WHEREAS, Many early residents were Texans who had left
  hardscrabble farms for the city in hopes of making a better life for
  themselves and their families; these citizens found work on the
  railroads and at various industrial companies that sprang up along
  the Houston Ship Channel; and
         WHEREAS, Those who put down roots in Denver Harbor found it a
  good place to raise a family; among the neighborhood's amenities
  were Charles Eliot Elementary School, churches, drug stores, and
  the Globe Theater, where children could watch the latest Hollywood
  westerns for the sum of nine cents; and
         WHEREAS, The Great Depression hit Denver Harbor hard, and
  many families in the neighborhood lost their homes; as the 1930s
  drew to an end, however, a curious occurrence did much to lift the
  spirits of the beleaguered community: on June 1, 1939, the morning
  sun revealed the word "Podunk" emblazoned on the formerly blank
  side of the local water tower; though the city tried repeatedly to
  cover over the word, the name would always reappear within a few
  days; and
         WHEREAS, Inspired by the spunky defiance of the sign's
  unknown painter, area residents soon began asserting their identity
  as Podunkers, and the name was even adopted by a youth basketball
  team, the Podunk Skunks; and
         WHEREAS, Today, Denver Harbor reflects the ethnic diversity
  of Houston itself, with Hispanics forming the core of its
  population; the community is currently undergoing revitalization,
  especially along Lyons Avenue, where a new fire station has opened
  and a number of new businesses have set up shop; residents are also
  served by four elementary schools, a middle school, and a private
  school; and
         WHEREAS, The story of this resilient neighborhood is told in
  the book Where the Hell Is Podunk, Texas?, which won an honorable
  mention at the 2006 Independent Publisher Book Awards; Dr. Jay
  Grady, the volume's author, grew up in Denver Harbor; and
         WHEREAS, Following the publication of Dr. Grady's historical
  account, a Podunk reunion brought together many present and former
  residents aged 80 and older; and
         WHEREAS, The citizens of Denver Harbor take great pride in
  the heritage of their community and in the unpretentious name that
  earlier residents made their own, and it is fitting that this
  neighborhood's identification with that simple but enduring locale
  of the imagination be appropriately recognized; now, therefore, be
         RESOLVED, That the 80th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby designate Denver Harbor, aka Podunk, as the official
  Mythical Town of Texas.