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Texas Western Narrow Gauge Railroad

| August 1, 2017
Historically Katy </br> Texas Western Narrow Gauge Railroad

A Railroad Ran Through It The Texas Western Narrow Gauge Railroad installed tracks from Houston to Sealy in 1873. It was the first train to operate in this area and the tracks went right over land that is now someone’s yard. From its Houston depot, it stopped at a few stations before it got to […]

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All About The Caboose

| July 1, 2017
Historically Katy </br> All About The Caboose

by Carol Adams The Katy Heritage Society’s MKT caboose is one of the most well-loved and recognizable features in the Katy area. Versions of it are found on letterheads and logos and hundreds of personal photographs, but few folks know the real story of our caboose. The caboose was actually never part of the MKT […]

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Tri-County Katy

| June 1, 2017
Historically Katy </br> Tri-County Katy

Living in the Katy area can get confusing. While several hundred thousand people call Katy home, only about 16,000 actually live in the City of Katy. Folks are further divided by county lines. Katy residents live in Harris, Fort Bend and Waller Counties. The counties meet at a point within the city limits. Surveyors marked […]

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Cane Island Creek

| May 1, 2017
Historically Katy </br> Cane Island Creek

By Carol Adams Earliest visitors to the vast Katy prairie, at a point where Fort Bend, Harris and Waller counties meet today, found a creek filled with tall cane. The cane wasn’t native to the area and may have been planted by Native Americans or even earlier by Spanish explorers, perhaps to create an environment […]

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Going to Market

| April 1, 2017
Historically Katy </br> Going to Market

Katy shoppers enjoy significant conveniences these days. Numerous retailers have moved into the area making it easy to find almost anything and grocery shopping has become an adventure. Locals know where to find a vast supply of basic essentials, international foods, the fresh farm markets, the store where folks from all over the state visit […]

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Reminders of Rice Farming Still Stand

| March 1, 2017
Historically Katy </br> Reminders of Rice Farming Still Stand

Katy’s most recognizable landmarks are its rice dryers. Their future is uncertain, mostly because their condition is difficult to access and some lack city services. Whatever becomes of them, the dryers remain a visible reminder of an important chapter in Katy history. Theodore B. Tucker modified the design of a grain dryer in California to […]

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THE KATY DEPOT

| February 1, 2017
Historically Katy </br>THE KATY DEPOT

By Carol Adams Our Katy Depot is a familiar sight; the caboose parked next door is a local landmark. In 1898, it was built just east of what is now Pin Oak road. It followed a standard plan with broad eaves, projecting windows to allow the station agent a view of incoming trains, and a […]

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Historical – All Aboard Katy!

| January 1, 2017
Historical – All Aboard Katy!

By Carol Adams It is a fact that the town of Katy was established in 1895 when the MKT Railroad needed a depot 30 miles from Houston. For the next hundred years Katy’s success was closely tied to the trains that brought our founding families and allowed them to prosper. So much has happened since then […]

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HISTORICAL – The Names of Katy Subdivisions

| December 1, 2016
HISTORICAL – The Names of Katy Subdivisions

by Carol Adams It is a fact that the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT) established our town when it chose this location for a depot. How it came to be named Katy is also known. Early resident James Oliver Thomas named the town Katy when he established a U.S. Post Office in his store on January 23, […]

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HISTORICAL – Early Settlers Plant Trees in Katy

| October 1, 2016
HISTORICAL – Early Settlers Plant Trees in Katy

by Carol Adams The earliest settlers to this area found few trees. A journal entry from a family passing through in the mid-1800s reported abundant game to hunt but no trees, so there was little wood to fuel a fire to cook or keep warm. The nature of a prairie is to be flat and […]

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HISTORICAL – The San Felipe “Trail”

| September 1, 2016
HISTORICAL – The San Felipe “Trail”

by Carol Adams The photograph shows the actual location where the San Felipe road crossed Cane Island creek. The San Felipe “Trail” was a rough dirt road from Harrisburg to San Felipe. It was cleared in 1830, and allowed cotton and other crops to be brought from Stephen F. Austin’s colony to the new port […]

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HISTORICAL – Getting Around Town Was Tough!

| August 1, 2016
HISTORICAL – Getting Around Town Was Tough!

Traffic and roads are a hot topic in the Katy area these days. Even the most advanced map systems have a hard time keeping up with all the new roads being built here. For Katy’s first settlers, roads didn’t even exist; much of the prairie was navigated across open fields. Eventually trails were worn into […]

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HISTORICAL – Water, Water Everywhere

| June 1, 2016
HISTORICAL – Water, Water Everywhere

by Carol Adams The recent floods in Katy have lots of people talking about 100-year and 500-year floods. Because that refers to a convoluted equation based on probability, statistical assumptions and a lot of uncertainty for insurance purposes, it becomes interesting to look back on actual recorded Katy area floods. Few people lived in this […]

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HISTORICAL – City of Katy’s Meeting Places

| May 1, 2016
HISTORICAL – City of Katy’s Meeting Places

When Katy was founded, local businessmen took care of the community. It wasn’t until 1945, when the town voted to incorporate and become a municipality, that anyone officially managed Katy affairs. When the City of Katy was established that year, there was no office for the newly elected officials. The first mayor took care of […]

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HISTORICAL – The Holding Pond Swimming Holes

| April 1, 2016
HISTORICAL – The Holding Pond Swimming Holes

by Carol Adams It’s no secret that Katy is getting a new water park. “Typhoon Texas” will open in May and many locals are looking forward to cooling off there this summer. Some long-time Katy residents recall cooling off in another way. For many years rice fields dominated the Katy area landscape. The key to […]

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Historical – Early Settlers Plant Trees in Katy

| March 1, 2016
Historical – Early Settlers Plant Trees in Katy

  By Carol Adams The earliest settlers to this area found few trees. A journal entry from a family passing through in the mid-1800s reported abundant game to hunt but no trees, so there was little wood to fuel a fire to cook or keep warm. The nature of a prairie is to be flat […]

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Historical – Katy vs The Wolves

| January 1, 2016
Historical – Katy vs The Wolves

By the 1930’s Ralph (Buster) Roberts had a pack of hounds that hunted wolves. This photograph from about that time was taken …

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Historically Katy: Library Pastimes

| December 1, 2015
Historically Katy:  Library Pastimes

Winter weather makes some folks in Katy look for things to do indoors. For almost 100 years we’ve found an option for that at a Katy library.

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Historically Katy: Katy’s First Namesake

| November 1, 2015
Historically Katy:  Katy’s First Namesake

By Carol Adams It is a fact that the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT) established our town when it chose this location for a depot. How it came to be named Katy is also known. Early resident James Oliver Thomas named the town Katy when he established a U.S. Post Office in his store on January 23, […]

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