Clute is a city in Brazoria County, Texas, within the Houston metropolitan area. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the city population was 11,211. The city gained some fame with the discovery of a fossilized mammoth named Asiel. There is now a restaurant/museum of the same name to honor this discovery. Clute’s history began at the junction of the old Calvit and Eagle Island Plantations. Alexander Calvit, one of Stephen F. Austin‘s Old Three Hundred, obtained title to the land in 1824. Eagle Island Plantation belonged to Jared Groce, the richest man in Austin’s Colony. Calvit’s plantation later became the Herndon sugar plantation, owned by John H. Herndon, who married Calvit’s only daughter.
After the American Civil War, Joseph Pegan, Soloman J. Clute, and several relatives including George and John Clute, founded a community near the plantation site. In 1881, the name Clute was adopted when both plantations were bought by Solomon J. Clute. George was described as, “a little Yankee from New York with a long, white beard.” The other founders of Clute have also been described as northerners. The Clutes acquired additional land from Herndon, who put it up for auction in the 1870s.A deed dated March 17, 1886, transferred ownership from Soloman Clute to George Clute for property known as Clute’s Place. Soloman administered the community until 1888 or 1889, when it was sold.
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