A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 21, 2008
City of Live Oaks and Friendly Folks (slogan of both League City and Pleasanton)

"City of Live Oaks and Friendly Folks” (or “Town/Land of Live Oaks and Friendly Folks") is the slogan of two Texas cities. League City (near Houston) advertised itself as “The Town of Live Oaks and Friendly Folks” in 1959. Pleasanton (near San Antonio) promoted itself as “The City of Live Oaks and Friendly Folks” in 1965.

Both cities still use the slogan, but Pleasanton appears to promote the slogan more (in keeping with its “pleasant” name).


Wikipedia: League City, Texas
League City is a city located primarily in Galveston County in the U.S. state of Texas within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the city population was 45,444; in the 2006 census estimate, the population was listed as 67,200. The city has a small portion north of Clear Creek within Harris County, Texas zoned for commercial use.

League City is home to several water-side resorts used by people from nearby Houston.

League City is now the largest city in Galveston County; surpassing Galveston between 2000 and 2005, as the county’s largest city. 

League City Chamber of Commerce
League City is known as the City of Live Oaks and Friendly Folks.

Wikipedia: Pleasanton, Texas
Pleasanton is a city in Atascosa County, Texas, United States. The population was 8,266 at the 2000 census. Pleasanton’s official motto is “The City of Live Oaks and Friendly Folks.”

Facts About Pleasanton, Texas
Pleasanton’s Motto
Pleasanton, Texas is known throughout the world as “The City of Live Oaks and Friendly Folks.” In a word, it’s “pleasant.”

Day Trips - VisitSanAntonio.com
Pleasanton, 30 miles
Pleasanton is located south of San Antonio. Known for its claim to fame as “the Birthplace of the Cowboy,” Pleasanton is also called the town with live oaks and friendly folks. Among the events held annually is the Cowboy Homecoming at the end of each summer. http://www.pleasantontexas.com

8 November 1959, Galveston (TX) Daily News, pg. 1, col. 5:
League City is advertised on the Gulf Freeway as “The Town of Friendly Folks and Live Oaks.”

14 March 1965, San Antonio (TX) Express and News, “People in Business: Pleasanton Club Wins,” pg. 9G, col. 1:
In making the award, Pue congratulated the club members in promoting Pleasanton as “The city of live oaks and friendly folks.”

6 October 1976, Corpus Christi (TX) Times, pg. 11D, col. 9 ad:
MONEY MAKING Drive In Grocery in oil boom area. Will gross $380,000 this year. Located 30 mi. South of San Antonio on Hwy 97 in town of Live Oaks & Friendly Folks. Must sell, have to see to appreciate, illness in family forcing sale. Pleasanton, Texas.

5 November 1992, Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, “S. Texans want trees at intersection to go,” pg. 31: 
PLEASANTON - This South Texas town may describe itself as the “City of Live Oaks and Friendly Folks,” but City Council members have been asked to put the chain saws to two huge oak trees.

Pauline’s Country Tales And Other Thangs
Thursday, May 19, 2005
11:35:00 PM EDT
Feeling Surprised
Live Oaks And Friendly Folks

Our town is known as : The Home Of Live Oaks And Friendly Folks” and it truly is that. People you don’t even know will wave or speak. There are large old live oak trees all over town. Many streets have been routed around a large tree. One of these trees in the middle of Texas avenue became unfriendly. It fell on a house and two vehicles. The tree is estimated to be over 150 years old. Then the fire department had to be called to battle a hive of bees in the remainder of the tree when they were disturbed by the cracking and vibrations of the tree falling. The city is considering taking out the remainder of the tree to prevent possible damage to houses on the opposite side of the street should it fall.

Pleasanton (TX) Weekly
Cover Story - Friday, February 8, 2008
Birthplace of the Cowboy
Pleasanton, Texas a rural, friendly town where people who don’t know each other wave ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’

by Janet Pelletier
It’s a pleasant town—the “land of the live oaks and friendly folks” they call it.

Residents driving along the highway wave to others even if they don’t know them. P-town isn’t a nickname here--people call it “Pledenten” in a southern drawl.

You’d be hard pressed to find a place with more country roots than Pleasanton, Texas.

Known to locals as the “Birthplace of the Cowboy,” the city of nearly 10,000 holds an annual cowboy festival, country singer Willie Nelson was a radio DJ there in the 1950s and hunting white-tail deer, wild hogs and quail is a favorite pastime.

Located 35 miles south of San Antonio in Atascosa County, this south Texas town is the next largest Pleasanton in the U.S. aside from California’s Pleasanton.

And it shares some similarities with Pleasanton, Calif. It’s a suburb to a larger metropolitan area, the crime rate is low and the city is in financially good shape. Residents say family life is important as is the good quality of life.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Wednesday, May 21, 2008 • Permalink