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Veelages o Waddan an Socna are the nearest settlements. There is a ruined ksar an several mosques in the veelage o Waddan. Aw three touns are oases characterized bi the abundance o natural springs an date palm trees.
There are public buses tae the ceeties o Sirt an Sabha. There is an' a' a military airport locatit atween Houn an Waddan.
The oreeginal toun, named Miskan an aroond 500 years auld, is locatit 4 km. sootheast o the modren toun. There are ongoin archaeological excavations at the site.
Durin the colonial Italian Libie period, Houn wis the admeenistrative caipital o the Italian Fezzan region, cried Territorio del Sahara Libico. Houn wis the Italian military center o soothren Italian Libie, an wis no pairt o the naitional Fowert Shore territory o the Kinrick o Italy as Italian Tripolitanie an Italian Cyrenaica wur.
A sma Libie Italian community o 1,156 fowk lived in Houn, which wis cried Homs in the colonial years. In the 1939 census they wur 3% o the total population o 35,316 in the ceety. They disappeared frae Houn efter Italy's loss o Libie in Warld War II. An important Libie Italian born in Houn wis the internaitionally renouned painter Mario Schifano (1934-1998), .
In the 1930s the Italian govrenment made some important improvements tae the sma toun, includin a connection tae the coast via the new Fezzan Road.
The "International Autumn Tourism Festival", is an annual festival uisually held at the end o September.
There is ane hotel an ane hostel in Houn.