People here pronounce it as "house-ton".
Whereas the city down in Texas, I believe people pronounce the city as "hyus-ton".
I am confused
Albany, the capital of NY, is pronounced double-l. The town in northern California is pronounced single-l, as in Al Gore.
In CA the "natives" don't always agree. Many streets and towns were named by the Spanish, but the gringos have anglicized some of them.
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When I was preparing for a trip New Orleans, I practices say 'nwahl'nz'; once there, however, I found nearly as many pronunciations as I did natives. The only one I didn't hear was 'NewOrleeenz'.
---Delmobile, nee Delneworleans
named for William Houstoun , a delegate to the Continental Congress . It was still spelled "Houstoun Street" on maps of the area into the early 1800s. The spelling of the street changed (undoubtedly by mistake of some city cartographer and/or other officials), but New Yorkers continued pronouncing it the original way.
I love these kinds of little local-history oddities, but they can definitely be confusing.
People are waiting to help.
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