Introduction to Webster, Texas
This region was originally inhabited by the Karankawa Indians. Stephen Austin established a settlement on the Brazos in 1823 which led to frequent conflicts between the Indians and the settlers, and eventually, the Indian tribes in the area started declining. James W. Webster formally established the community in 1879 which was then known as "Websterville." Some English colonists brought to the site created a settlement called "Garden Town." In 1882, the area got its first post office. By the 1890s, the name of the community had become "Webster." It was officially incorporated in 1958. In recent years, the city has experienced large-scale expansion and development primarily because of its proximity to the Johnson Space Center. It is often referred to as the gateway to the Space Center.
Webster and Nearby Attractions
- Armand Bayou Nature Center
- Space Center Houston
- San Jacinto Monument and Museum
- Battleship Texas State Historical Site
- Hermann Park
- 1940 Air Terminal Museum
Things To Do In Webster
The Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, the Mission Control Center, and Hangar X can be viewed at Space Center Houston. A 1912 battleship that fired on Axis defenses on D-Day at Normandy, is displayed at the Battleship Texas State Historical Site. The Museum of Fine Arts features a sculpture garden and a couple of art centers. Also close by is the Houston Museum of Natural Science which houses the Burke Baker Planetarium, Cockrell Butterfly Center, and three floors of exhibits related to natural science. The nearby Sheldon Lake State Park is a popular fishing and canoeing destination.
The closest major airport is George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Webster Higher Education
Nearby colleges include the Alvin Community College, University of Houston - Clear Lake, College of the Mainland, and San Jacinto College - South Campus.