First settled in 1872, the town was laid out in 1895. The city was named for the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad. William Eule introduced rice farming in 1901, and Katy is still renowned as a rice farming and rail center.
Numerous parks provide recreational opportunities. Shoppers find bargains at Katy Mills outlet mall and La Centerra at Cinco Ranch. Katy Prairie is excellent for hunting, birding and nature study.
Annual events include the Katy Home & Garden Show in January, FFA Rodeo in March, Folk Life Festival in April and the Katy Rice Harvest Festival in October.
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