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About Katy

"In 1895, a group of farmers and merchants laid the plans for a town on the old San Felipe Trail. Out of the plains of the Brazos River Valley arose a community of churches and businesses. Now, some ninety years later, a small metropolis flourishes. Although Katy's population within the city limits is approximately 8,000, the surrounding Katy area subdivisions rival the population of some major cities creating one of the fastest growing areas in the United States.

Through it all, the ethics of hard work, determination, honor and concern for your fellow man inherent in the founders of Katy, are still alive and well in Katy. Katy resonates with an atmosphere of caring which blends seamlessly with all of the advantages of a growing city replete with modern technology and an expanding job market."

The above excert from A History of Katy by Susan DeVries Barwis.

Living in Katy

"Living in the Katy area means an escape from the hustle and bustle of Houston, the 4th largest city in the US. Katy offers the charm of a small town, or the sophistication of suburbia. Housing in Katy ranges from apartments and condominiums to large estate homes with acreage to enjoy and maintain horses - and others with championship golf courses as their backyard. Subdivisions abound with tennis courts, swimming pools, and endless amenities for their residents.

Apartments that cater to singles and families are plentiful and the taste of everyone's lifestyle can be met. Fully planned communities which feature areas of shopping centers, spacious plazas, and every convenience that enhances community living, leads the way to future growth in an exciting and efficient style. With so may styles and stages of housing available, no matter what the size of the checkbook, one can find living in Katy easy and affordable. Of course, a residence in a community is only half of being a part of the life in that community. Katy has so much more to offer in its many places of worship, clubs and organizations to fit one's preference for a complete life style."

The above excert from A History of Katy by Susan DeVries Barwis.

History of Katy

In the beginning it was only a wide open prairie, the hunting ground of the Karankawa Indian tribes, the winter feeding grounds of great herds of buffalo and large flocks of wild ducks, geese, sandhill and whooping cranes, and numerous other game birds, and home to longhorn cattle, deer, and wolves.

The earliest settlement of the community was in 1872 and is known as Cane Island, for the Cane Island Creek that runs through it.

The townsite of Katy was laid out and platted by J. O. Thomas, L. C. Luckel, and R. M. Cash in 1895, supposedly named for the M-K-T Railroad that runs through it.

The City of Katy was formally incorporated in 1945.

Katy has always been a traditional family style community, however, it also played a major role as a rail hub, a rice farming and agricultural center, and one of the largest gas fields in this part of Texas.

Ancestral Homes of Katy were researched and historical markers erected by the local Texas Sesquicentennial Committee in 1986. The historical markers can be used as a guide for a walking or driving tour of more than a dozen historical homes and buildings in downtown Katy.

Katy Heritage Park (located at 5990 George Bush Drive) includes restored historical buildings, the Wright Museum, Stockdick House, Tradition Bank Bandstand, Humble Mess Hall, Featherston House, and an old Post Office. Building are open for free tours the first weekend of every month Saturday 10am - 4pm and Sunday 1pm - 4pm.

MKT Depot and Caboose is located at 5615 First Street. The train caboose and restored Katy Depot museum now operate as the City of Katy Visitors Center open Tuesday - Friday from 9am - 3pm and on Saturday from 10am - 2pm.

The Katy Heritage Society was established in 1979 by a group formed to save the old MKT Railroad Depot. With the help of the city, the Depot was acquired, moved, and restored by the Heritage Society. The Caboose was later added to the site and restored. There are other historical structures that have also been acquired, moved to Katy Heritage Park, and restored by the Society.

For more information on these structures and on the History of Katy, please contact the Katy Heritage Society at 281-391-2550 or katyheritage@aol.com. You can also visit their website at www.katyheritagesociety.com.

More Information about Katy

Official City of Katy Website
Katy Neighborhoods
Katy Chamber of Commerce
Katy Yellow Pages