About League City

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League City has a unique vibe, and that’s partly thanks to our ideal location. Situated near the Texas Gulf coast, League City residents enjoy quick escapes to the beach and the many perks of island life on Galveston Island—just a 30-minute drive south. Our northern border is defined by Clear Creek, a meandering body of water ideal for paddling, boating, and fishing. The creek flows eastward into Clear Lake, finally opening up into Galveston Bay, where sailing is a popular pastime. Just north of Clear Creek is NASA Johnson Space Center, where some of the world’s most brilliant minds go to work. Downtown Houston isn’t far either. In less than 30 minutes you can visit Minute Maid Park and see the Astros play, head to a world-class museum, or enjoy a performance in the Theater District. But it’s not just our location that makes League City a special place.

Our History

The founding families of League City were the Butler, Coward, and Perkins families. They traveled to the Clear Lake area around 1854 from Louisiana, with the goal of establishing a cattle ranching operation. By the mid 1870s, George Washington Butler—the patriarch of the Butler family—became a successful and influential stock breeder, and over the years served as the local Postmaster and the County Commissioner. Butler also constructed the first school in League City and planted the famous “Butler Oaks” that line Main Street today. His son, Milby Butler, was born in 1889. Milby would go on to play a significant role in saving the Longhorn Cattle breed from extinction through selective breeding efforts. You can learn more about this influential family at the Butler Longhorn Museum.

League City gets its name from John Charles (J.C.) League. An adept financier from Galveston, League invested in land here and spearheaded infrastructure projects—building roads, and designating land for parks, churches, and schools. In fact, League donated the land where League Park is located today, with the goal of creating a public gathering place for events; a goal which is still being realized to this day. With League’s development acumen and the Butler family’s commitment to creating a thriving community, League City blossomed.

Did You Know?

  • League City has the world’s largest collection of longhorn history.
  • League City has the third-largest boating anchorage in the US.
  • League City is ranked as a top birding destination. Part of the Great Texas Birding Trail, with 100 hotspots in Galveston County, more than 400 species of birds draw birdwatchers from all over the world to the region.
  • League City has 620 acres of public parks.
  • Named #8 Best City in America for Families
  • Named #19 Fastest Growing Cities in the US
  • Named #10 American’s safest cities with a population over 100,000.
  • Scenic Texas ranked League City Gold in their Scenic City Certification Program