Located on the plains of the Brazos River Valley, the town site of Katy was named after the M-K-T Railroad that ran through it. Once a wide-open prairie where Indians once lived and the buffalo roamed freely, the small farming town soon became a major rail hub, rice farming and agricultural center, and a leader in the early oil industry. Today, Katy is still renowned as a rail and rice-farming center and is known for one of the largest gas fields in Texas. The annual Katy Rice Harvest Festival, a summer extravaganza of food and crafts, pays homage to Katy's rich historic past.
Several ancestral homes and restored historical buildings also keep history alive in Katy. The Wright Museum, Featherston House and the old Post Office are located in Heritage Park. The Katy Heritage Society saved the old M-K-T Railroad Depot and Caboose and moved them to Katy City Park. VFW Park is home to the Katy Veterans Memorial Museum or "The G.I. Joe Museum," a first-class military exhibit of historical significance. For arts, culture, recreation and professional sports, the fourth largest city in the United States (Houston) is a mere 25 miles away.
Parks are a vital component of life in Katy and the landscape there contains more than 21,000 acres of green space with a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. Jogging, baseball, basketball, tennis, picnic, equestrian trails, fishing and hiking are just a few of the amenities available at Katy City Park, Mary Jo Peckham Park, Thomas Park, VFW Park and Woodsland Park. The master planned communities also offer numerous recreational amenities including championship golf courses.
Today, Katy is a small, but flourishing metropolis. It resonates with a great quality of life, a prosperous economy and a solid infrastructure of technology and existing businesses. Katy is one of the most attractive sub-markets in the greater Houston area.