History of League City, TX
Much like other cities within the state of Texas, the history of League City is unique. It has similar elements that other founding cities in Texas and the Midwest have but its history has an interesting twist. There are Native Americans involved, founding families, and confusion with the name in the story of League City being founded. From its small beginning, the small town has grown, and continues to grow, into a successful city.
Before The Lands Were Settled
Like many American settlements before it, the area that has become League City, TX use to be the area where many Native American tribes lived and thrived. The early inhabitants of the area can be traced back to around 9000 BC. These tribes would continually migrate to the area seasonally. The last tribe to be recorded in the area was the Akokisa (thought to mean “river people”) tribe. In the colder months of the year, the tribe would move to the area and move more inland during the summer months. Due to the constant warring with the Anglo-Saxons that were moving into the areas, the tribe only consisted of a few scattered groups by the beginning of the 19th century.
The Creation and Naming of League City, TX
The city is known to have been founded by three families. These families include the Perkinses, Cowarts, and Butlers. Each family settled into different areas of the soon-to-be town. The Perkins family settled along what is now known as Magnolia Bayou thanks to the trees that lined the creek. The Cowarts settled on a different creek that was later named after their family. The Butlers settled more inland than the other two families. The area was called both Clear Creek and Butler’s Ranch during this time until a man named J.C. League purchased the land. League planning out his town site caused a small debate on what the name of the town should be as Butler had been postmaster at the time. The name of the city kept changing from Clear Creek to New League City until it was eventually dubbed League City.
Immigrants Fueling The Growth of The City
The early 20th century saw the movement of Japanese and Italian families into the area. Much of the produced being harvested at this time was grown by Italian families that had immigrated over from Cercenasco, Italy. Many of them had originally settled at Ellis Island in New York and then moved to this small town in Texas. These Italian immigrants formed strong connections with each other that have lasted to this day. A lack of resources in Japan also spurred a migration to League City. During this time the ground in the area was fertile and had perfect conditions for rice farming. Many Japanese immigrants thrived off their rice farms for twenty years. After that, the ground started drying up and many had to convert their farming of rice to truck farming.
League City Today
The rising cost of living in other areas of Texas has driven more people to settle in the League City area in the 21st century. The population slowly continues to rise and the city is undergoing new developments. It’s a favorable place to live as it has a low crime rate and the unemployment rate as well as having a lot for families to do.