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League City

League City administrative offices are located at 300 West Walker xxx, League City, TX 77573; phone: 281-554-1000.

Beginnings [1]

Before highways and employment centers brought in thousands of new residents to League City, the city was covered with agricultural fields and grasslands. The only infrastructure that existed then was a railroad that connected Houston and Galveston. During this time, grasslands were the main attractor for the community's first permanent residents, who came in the mid-1800s. The founding families saw this area as a great place to raise cattle and utilize the rail for transporting to other markets. A train stop was eventually built in what now is considered the city center, or alternatively, the Historic District. This area grew in popularity and attracted more residents. Mr. J.C. League, a developer from outside the community, created a park adjacent to the rail stop just prior to 1900 and within a few years, a resident brought in the town's first batch of imported trees. These were planted in the park, along the main street, and the rest were distributed within the community. Prior to this, trees mainly resided along streams and floodplains. The roads and rail provided mobility to and within the community, but the park and trees are what made the community alluring and livable. The beautified rail stop, in fact, attracted several new residents and eventually a farming community as produce was able to be transported though refrigerated rail carts. Farming, however, began to fade just before the city's incorporation in 1962 and League City began seeing its first suburban residential areas.

League City saw its first spurt of growth in the early 50s and 60s, when I-45 was extended to Galveston and NASA Johnson Space Center was built a couple of miles north of the city center, respectively. The City began annexing large portions of land and extending city limits to prepare for future development. Developers soon came in to create some of the first residential subdivisions, such as Newport, the Landing, and Countryside, on the west side of I-45. In the early 80s, a developer paid to extend utilities and started a subdivision to the east of the highway.

  1. Organization of Texas Emerging Communities, Accelerated Growth Case Study: League City, TX, 2013, www.texasemergingcommunities.org, accessed August, 2015.
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