As part of League City’s 60th anniversary, the Helen Hall Library is hosting a lecture with League City History Librarian Caris Brown on Thursday May 12 from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. The lecture is for adults only.
Brown will discuss the early beginnings of League City—from the Native Americans that first inhabited the land to the first Anglo land owner, Miguel Muldoon, an Irish Catholic priest appointed to serve members of Stephen F. Austin’s “Old 300”colony.
Brown will also discuss other pioneers who came to the area in 1854, including a small group of interrelated families (the Butlers, Cowards and Perkins) who traveled in wagons from Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, bound for the coastal prairies of North Galveston County to establish viable cattle ranching operations. During that period of time, the town of ranchers and famers was known as Clear Creek. Then in 1907, the community was officially re-named League City in honor of J.C. League, a wealthy Galveston businessman who donated land for a church, school, and park for the growing community. Around the same time, during the early decades of the 1900's, immigrants from Italy and Japan settled in the area to farm and grow crops.
But it wasn't until 1962, less than a year after NASA announced that the new Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) would be established near Houston and the Clear Lake area, did League City become an official city incorporated with the State of Texas.
To learn more about League City’s early history, visit https://www.leaguecitytx.gov/1419/History-of-League-City and attend Brown’s lecture on Thursday, May 12 from 10:15 to 11:30 at the Helen Hall Library.