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2017: A Whirlwind Year in Houston History We Will Never Forget

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2017 is definitely one for the books in Houston, Texas history. A whirlwind year full of ups and downs, and a roller coaster ride many Texans wish they could have got off and gotten back on throughout the year.

A year pegged with some of the most exciting events to hit the city, along with devastation unlike that which the city had not seen for many years. But through it all, the slogans will forever be etched in our minds that describe how things are always bigger in Texas, and how one of its cities showed the world they are #HoustonStrong, and #EarnedHistory no matter what obstacles were faced for this one-of-a-kind Texas town.

1. Super Bowl LI

Houston Super Bowl

Photo: Sonia Ramirez

What better way to start a new year than with all the trimmings of Super Bowl LI held right in our backyard at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas?

This event came complete with makeovers and the addition of restaurants, and beautiful downtown hotels, as well as one with the largest lazy rivers atop its roof in the shape of our great state of Texas at the Marriott Marquis.

Superbowl LI had an estimated economic impact to the tune of $347 million, according to its website. “Beyond the economic benefit, Super Bowl LI gave Houston a platform to communicate to the world that Houston is the most diverse, progressive and hospitable city in the United States.”

2. Hurricane Harvey

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Photo: Facebook/Cici Loo Photograph

To say Hurricane Harvey was a catastrophic storm could be putting it mildly. A Hurricane unlike any other, the city of Houston and surrounding cities were devasted as it dumped a record 51 inches of rain continuously, inundating neighborhood after neighborhood with heartbreaking floods that destroyed homes and lives.

A category 4 hurricane that hit several Texas towns with a vengeance, and continued on as a fierce tropical storm finishing its path of destruction across Houston, August 2017 will go down in history as harsh. “AccuWeather predicts Hurricane Harvey, which has wreaked havoc in Texas, to be the most costly weather disaster in United States history.” The article goes on to state, “the total losses from this storm would reach $190 billion or one percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP), countering the expected growth in the economy for the rest of this year.”

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