Dickinson is a city in Galveston County, Texas within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. The population was 17,093 at the 2000 census.
In 1905, Italian ambassador Baron Mayor des Planches convinced about a hundred fifty Italians from crowded eastern cities to move to Dickinson. They joined the dozens relocated there after flooding in Bryan forced them to seek new homes.
Dickinson continued to grow due to its proximity to Texas City, with its shipyards and wartime industries, and later its proximity to the Johnson Space Center.
During the 1920s, Dickinson became a significant tourist destination resulting from investment by the Maceo crime syndicate which ran Galveston during this time. The syndicate created gambling venues in the city such as the Silver Moon casino.
Recently, the City of Dickinson constructed a new multi-million dollar City Hall and Library complex which was dedicated June 30, 2009. The complex is located between Highway 3 and F.M. 517 near the intersection.
Dickinson is located at 29°27'38?N 95°03'14?W (29.460467, -95.053856). This is about 28 miles (45 km) southeast of Houston and 15 miles northwest of Galveston.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.8 square miles, of which, 9.6 square miles of it is land and 0.2 square miles of it (1.53%) is water.
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