Forklift Parts Pasadena - Pasadena, Texas is the 2nd-biggest city in Harris County with a population of about 150,000 residents. It lies within the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area and is famous for having the biggest volunteer fire department within the country.
Before Pasadena was discovered and inhabited by Europeans in 1893, the region was inhabited by the Karankawa and Atakapan peoples, mainly the Akokisa. The founder of the original village was John H. Burnett, who named the town Pasadena after the California community since it similarly shared lush and green plant growth. The Spanish people were early explorers of the region and charted the bay. The pirate Jean Lafitte dominated the area in the early part of the 19th century until the United States Navy forced him out during the year 1821. Lafitte and his crew had hide-outs all around Clear Lake and the bay.
The basis of the town's economy is petrochemicals, with petrochemical processing and petroleum refining also essential industries. The Pasadena Refining System has its headquarters in the city. Health care, shipping and aerospace are strong industries. Pasadena benefits from its nearness to the Houston Ship Channel and the Bayport shipping terminal. The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's center for space training, situated in nearby Clear Lake.
Visitors can learn about the history of the area at the Pasadena Historical Museum, the Bay Area Museum and Armand Bayou Nature Center. The city has a thriving arts community such as the Pasadena Philharmonic and theater companies. A rodeo is held there yearly. The Pasadena Citizen is the city's major newspaper.
With numerous refineries in the region, the City of Pasadena has been called "Stinkadena." Another nickname is "Pasa-get-down-dena"; the truth is, there are quite a lot of country songs with that as their title.
Pasadena was once known as the Strawberry Capital of the World. Its history as a strawberry growing center began when the American Red Cross shipped over one million strawberry plants to the City of Pasadena following a devastating flood. The strawberry crops grew abundantly and growers shipped dozens of train carloads of strawberries each and every day during the height of the season. The Pasadena Strawberry Festival attracts over 50,000 tourists each and every year to celebrate the historic significance of the crop. A central road in Pasadena is called Strawberry Road, because it cuts through the former strawberry fields.