Katy, Texas was first known as "Cane Island" in the early 1800s, due to the cane-filled creek running through the area. While James J. Crawford received a land grant with the area in 1845, settlers were not quick to move to an area with hot summers and thick clay soils.
Later, James Oliver Thomas laid out the town and named it Katy. The name derived from the MKT Railroad Company, commonly referred to as "the K-T" or "the Katy." By the early 1900s many settlers began moving to Katy with their families for the successful rice, cotton, peanut and corn crops.
By the 1960s, the area was developed into what we now know it to be. The construction of I-10 in 1966 led to rapid growth that continues to this day. Katy is home to more than 16,000 people and has its own Katy Independent School District.
Many of our staffers and customers are from Katy; we are a short drive just down I-10 from the greater Katy Area. Blue Willow is a neighborhood bookshop with outreach throughout the Houston area, and we welcome you to come browse our shelves for books, games, puzzles, stationery, and more.
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