Clute is a city in Brazoria County, Texas within the Houston SugarLand Baytown metropolitan area. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the city population was 10,424. The city gained some fame with the discovery of a fossilized mammoth named Asiel. There is now a restaurant/museum of the same name to honor this discovery. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.6square miles (15Square kilometers), of which, 5.3square miles (14Square kilometers) of it is land and 0.3square miles (0.78Square kilometer) of it (5.14%) is water. Clute's history began at the Junction of the old Calvit and Eagle Island Plantations.Alexander (Sandy) Calvit, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred, obtained title to the land in 1824.Eagle Island Plantation belonged to Jared Groce, the richest man in Austin's Colony. Calvit's plantation later became the Herndon sugar plantation, owned by John H. Herndon, who married Calvit's only daughter.