The City of Webster is conveniently located midway between Houston and Galveston along Interstate 45, and close to Clear Lake. The city is bordered by Houston on the north, League City on the south, Friendswood on the west and Nassau Bay on the east.
Webster was founded in 1879 by James Webster and called Gardentown when a colony of English immigrants originally populated the area. When the interurban rail stop between Galveston and Houston was established, the farming industry grew in Gardentown. In the early 1900’s a small community of Japanese immigrants established rice farming as the key crop for the region. Soon fruit, dairy and livestock ranches were prevalent in the area. In the 1930’s, petroleum was discovered at the Webster-Friendswood Oilfield.
Webster was considered a village until it was incorporated in 1958 just before NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) announced it would build the Manned Space Center (later renamed the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center) there. The cattle fields soon became home to many aerospace companies and employees of NASA. The city has grown along with NASA and the diverse space programs supported there. Webster now serves as the Gateway to the Johnson Space Center and the entire Galveston Bay Area. The City’s current motto, “Linked to the Future”, illustrates the pride Webster has of its history with the aerospace industry.
Webster has also earned the title of “Medical Center of the South” since the Clear Lake Regional Medical Center was built there in 1972. Medical facilities continue to build in Webster, such as: Texas Children’s Health Center of Clear Lake, Texas Oncology-Deke Slayton Cancer Center, Houston Physicians’ Hospital, and Kindred Hospital-Clear Lake.
The 2000 census reported the population of Webster at close to 10,000 citizens. There are established single-family homes, a variety of condominium and apartment options, and a master-planned waterfront community to attract potential residents. Webster is also home to a variety of popular restaurants, shopping, hotels and entertainment. Attractions such as: Space Center Houston, Baybrook Mall, Main Event, Cinemark 18 and Star Cinema Grill offer family fun and relaxation.
Webster has blossomed since its early days as “Gardentown”, and the face of the city has evolved due to the arrival of the aerospace industry. Come to Webster to see how well it will fit your lifestyle and become your home base.
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