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Founding families and 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.


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