KATY

 

Located 30 miles from downtown Houston at the intersection of Harris County, Fort Bend County and Waller County, Katy combines the perks of small-town living with the benefits of close proximity to a large metropolis. In addition to a family-friendly environment, Katy offers its residents excellent schools, well-tended parks and special community events.

The city of Katy got its name from the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad that ran through the settlement beginning in 1895 and was known as “the MKT” or “the Katy.” In its early days, Katy was a major rail center, and its farmers grew cotton, peanuts and rice. Rice became the main crop in the 1920s, and Katy’s long grain rice is considered by many to be second to none in the U.S. The Katy Rice Harvest Festival is held yearly to honor the community’s rich agricultural heritage.

On Friday nights in the fall, many people in Katy can be found at area high school football games following a longstanding tradition in the community. If you are so inclined, you can shop, eat or play at Katy Mills, LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, Villagio and in “Old Town Katy.” Among the various other options that residents have in Katy for spending their leisure time are the Katy Railroad Park and Tourist Center, Katy Heritage Park and Katy Veterans Memorial Museum, also known as “the G.I. Joe Museum.” There is the Katy Playstation Park which is the state’s largest playground for multiple-impaired and profoundly deaf children. Residents also can fish, feed ducks, ride bikes and play miniature golf at Mary Jo Peckham Park.