Located on a salt dome in Chambers County, the community was established in 1849 as Barbers Hill. Postal authorities suggested a name change to Mont Belvieu. The community was a quiet center for farming and ranching until oil was discovered in 1916. In 1926, wildcatter Mills Bennett tapped the first gusher into production. On I-10, the city is closely tied to the Houston-Baytown area.
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