La Porte is a city in Harris County, Texas, United States, within the Bay Area of the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 33,800.
The community of La Porte was founded in 1892 as a speculative real estate venture by an investment group.A 22-acre (0.089 km2) public space known as Sylvan Grove was reserved by the waterfront.The area around Sylvan Grove soon was developed with amenities including bathhouses, boating piers, and a Victorian hotel with a dance pavilion. In 1900, the devastating Galveston Hurricane hit the shoreline, seriously damaging the community's attractions. As the Texas Oil Boom took hold beginning in 1901, and neighboring Houston became home to many wealthy businessmen, La Porte quickly rebuilt and re-established itself as a tourist center. It was, however, damaged again by a major fire and another hurricane in 1915. The community rebuilt again.Much of the history of La Porte's glory years as a tourist haven has been preserved by the La Porte Bay Area Heritage Society.