Hitchcock's history and heritage is about as colorful as most "Old West" tales. One of the oldest communities in Galveston County, the original settlement of Highland Bayou began in 1820's when French settlers came to the area. Stories of pirates, buried treasure and gambling include the area of Hitchcock as an inland spot of activity.
In 1878, as a gift of loving memory, Mrs. L.M. Hitchcock gave land to the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad if they would agree to name the town after her deceased husband, Lent M. Hitchcock (who, by the way, never lived in Hitchcock). The donated site was two blocks long - there stood a deport and side tracks for the railroad.
Originally an important agriculture center, Hitchcock has a rich history. During World War II, it became a vital military center. The town was the site of the U.S. Naval Air Station, also known as the Blimp Base, and the U.S. Army facility. Camp Wallace, now the site of Jack Brooks park. Ruins of the Blimp Base still stand and the area is denoted by a Texas Historical Marker on Highway 6. Two other state historical markers honor Camp Wallace and the Stringfellow Home, which was the site of vast pear orchards that were planted by Stringfellow, an associate of Luther Burbank.