Pasadena is Spanish for "Land of Flowers," chosen for the blooming meadows along Vince's Bayou. The Bayou was figured prominently in Battle of San Jacinto, and the northeast are is the site of the capture of Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto.
Pasadena is now a residential community closely tied to the petrochemical and shipping industries along the Houston Ship Channel. The town became a rural post office in 1900, mushroomed into bustling residential suburb, and continued to grow with the rise of Houston. It is home of San Jacinto Junior College and Texas Chiropractic College.