The Christmas Boat Lane Parade: 60 Years of Tradition
What started as a casual get together with five friends has ballooned into an annual Clear Lake celebration between more than 100,000 friend
Nestled along Clear Lake, just 30 minutes away from the beaches of Galveston Island and the exciting attractions of downtown Houston, League City is the perfect place to enjoy everything the Houston Metro and Texas Gulf Coast have to offer. Experience southern charm, Texas history, and coastal leisure all in one convenient location.
But it’s not just our location that makes League City a special place...
Take a stroll down Main Street, where parks and gardens offer relaxation among 100-year-old homes that now serve as shops and eateries. The historic district features important historic homes, churches, buildings, parks, museums, farms, and a cemetery dating back to the Civil War. Explore this area with the help of a map created by the historical society.
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 hope of creating a public gathering place for events; a dream that 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.