About the Humble Museum
The Humble Museum preserves the history of the Humble and Lake Houston areas. Artifacts, documents, and histories of this northeast corner of Harris County are on display for visitors and members of the community.
The museum is financially supported by the City of Humble, the Humble Museum Foundation and individual donations. The Humble Museum is a Texas non-profit corporation, registered as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Humble was originally established as a sawmill town along the Houston East & West Texas Railway in 1886. It was named for Pleasant Smith Humble, the town's first postmaster. Humble became a boomtown overnight when oil was discovered in 1904. Humble and neighboring Moonshine Hill became places where million-dollar fortunes were made and lost. In 1911, the Humble Oil Company was founded by Ross Sterling and other men from the Humble oil fields. Sterling went on to become governor of Texas in 1931. The Humble Oil Company became one of the dominant oil companies in the world, eventually becoming Exxon in 1972.
Pleasant Humble was born in Louisiana in 1834. He served as a Private in Ragsdale's Battalion, Company F, in the Texas Cavalry during the Civil War. He moved to Harris County, Texas in 1866, where he purchased large tracts of land along the San Jacinto River. He spent many years in public service, including time as:
School Trustee for the Durdin School Community (1876)
Commissioner of Harris County Precinct No. 4 (1876-1878)
U. S. Postmaster for Humble, Texas (1886-1895)
Justice of the Peace for Harris County Precinct No. 4 (1887-1895)
He spent his final years working as a lawyer and land speculator. He died in 1912 and is buried in Silsbee, Texas.