Dickinson is located on a tract of land granted to John Dickinson in 1824, and named after him. A settlement had been established in this area on Dickinson Bayou before 1850. The Galveston, Houston, and Henderson Railroad was built directly through Dickinson. This line was used in the American Civil War to successfully retake Galveston.
The Dickinson Land and Improvement Association was organized in the 1890s by Fred M. Nichols and eight other businessmen. It marketed to potential farmers with claims of the soil's suitability for food crops, and to socialites with the creation of the Dickinson Picnic Grounds and other attractions. By 1911, the Galveston–Houston Electric Railway had three stops in Dickinson, and the Oleander Country Club was a popular destination for prominent Galvestonians.
In 1905, Italian ambassador Baron Mayor des Planches convinced about 150 Italians from crowded eastern cities to move to Dickinson. They joined the dozens relocated there after flooding in Bryan forced them to seek new homes.
Dickinson continued to grow due to its proximity to Texas City, with its shipyards and wartime industries, and later its proximity to the Johnson Space Center.
During the 1920s, Dickinson became a significant tourist destination resulting from investment by the Maceo crime syndicate which ran Galveston during this time. The syndicate created gambling venues in the city such as the Silver Moon casino.
The City of Dickinson constructed a new multimillion-dollar city hall and library complex which was dedicated June 30, 2009. The complex is located at 4403 Highway 3.
In May 2009 the city began hosting a crawfish festival, called the Red, White and Bayou crawfish festival. The city decided in 2018 not to continue with the festival.
In August 2017, Dickinson was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Ninety percent of the city was flooded during the storm and 50% was destroyed by flooding.
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For Sale|1,611 sqft|3 beds|2 baths|0.2043 acres|#97751540
For Sale|3,335 sqft|4 beds|3.5 baths|0.2254 acres|#41548916
For Sale|1,871 sqft|3 beds|2.5 baths|0.043 acres|#84141378
For Sale|1,500 sqft|4 beds|2 baths|0.2066 acres|#64959712
Pending|3,872 sqft|4 beds|3.5 baths|0.2119 acres|#7749506
For Sale|1,456 sqft|4 beds|2 baths|0.8235 acres|#37358700
For Sale|1,568 sqft|3 beds|2.5 baths|0.466 acres|#87887192
For Rent|1,668 sqft|3 beds|2 baths|0.1492 acres|#47633375
For Sale|1,972 sqft|4 beds|2 baths|0.2135 acres|#52882848
For Sale|2,234 sqft|3 beds|2 baths|0.1185 acres|#93888520
For Sale|2,438 sqft|4 beds|3 baths|0.1185 acres|#24653796
For Sale|2,615 sqft|3 beds|2.5 baths|0.1185 acres|#74587706
For Sale|2,615 sqft|4 beds|3 baths|0.1199 acres|#49564855
For Sale|2,234 sqft|3 beds|2.5 baths|0.1113 acres|#53081838
For Sale|1,656 sqft|4 beds|2 baths|0.2066 acres|#75595980
For Sale|2,121 sqft|3 beds|2.5 baths|0.1398 acres|#38698082
For Sale|2,767 sqft|4 beds|2.5 baths|0.2956 acres|#92655686
For Sale|2,207 sqft|4 beds|2 baths|0.1653 acres|#39237508
For Sale|1,538 sqft|3 beds|2 baths|0.1983 acres|#14871942
For Rent|1,444 sqft|3 beds|2.5 baths|0.156 acres|#12583759
For Rent|2,197 sqft|3 beds|2.5 baths|0.1928 acres|#30677247
For Sale|2,197 sqft|3 beds|2.5 baths|0.1928 acres|#88732559
For Sale|2,557 sqft|4 beds|2 baths|0.3413 acres|#43092614
For Sale|2,320 sqft|4 beds|2 baths|0.3605 acres|#46732832
Pending|2,126 sqft|3 beds|2 baths|0.1932 acres|#7466059
For Sale|1,968 sqft|3 beds|2 baths|0.3085 acres|#40854794