Originally a plantation, Clute was formed when several men built there after the Civil War. In 1881, the name Clute was adopted when both plantations were bought by Solomon J. Clute. More land was acquired in the 1870s and by the mid-1880s the land was known as Clute's Place. In 1952 Clute incorporated as Clute City. Three years later it was changed back to Clute. The area adopted an aldermanic form of government. Clute hosts "The Great Texas Mosquito Festival" every July since 1981. It is a three-day festival that attracts 18,000 visitors. In November 2003, a mammoth was found buried in a sand pit in Clute.
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