LA MARQUE - 77568
La Marque, an incorporated city about 12 miles northwest of Galveston, was originally known as the Highlands, probably due to its location near Highland Creek. During the Civil War, the area was also known as Buttermilk Station, since soldiers would pass through here on there journey between Galveston and Houston and purchase buttermilk. In the late 1800s the city was known for raising cattle and growing rice, fruits and vegetables. Today, La Marque which means "the Mark" in French, is home to many workers employed by the near by chemical and industrial plants in Texas City. In 2000 the population was 13,682 and the city had 506 businesses.