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County
Galveston
Region
Gulf Coast
Population
2010 Census - 4,970
2000 Census - 4,365
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San Leon, Texas
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San Leon Texas History:
San Leon is located on a 5,000-acre peninsula surrounded by Galveston, Trinity, and Dickinson Bays. It was originally known as Edward's Point and later as North Galveston. The site was originally inhabited by the Karankawa Indians later was a stronghold of Jean Laffite. The North Galveston, Houston, and Kansas City Railroad was established at North Galveston in 1893. A post office was established in 1892. In 1912, the town was sold to Thomas B. Brian of Chicago, who set up a graveyard with free plots. Later Joe Vega purchased the town and the name San Leon was chosen in a contest. In 1914, the town had a population of 150, a general store, and a grocery store. In the early 1900s San Leon was proposed as a summer and winter resort, and investors were sought to establish the "next Atlantic City." Despite the good location, San Leon has remained small. The hurricanes of 1900 and 1915 were devastating, and the community never recovered. It reported a population of about 100 from the 1940s to 1989. In 2000 the town had a population of 4,365; most of them were summer residents. The local economy is based on shrimp and oysters. The monthly SeaBreeze Newsletter describes the community as “A Small Drinking Community with a large Fishing Problem.”San Leon is located on SH 517, 8 miles east of Bacliff, 9 miles east of Dickinson, 13 miles southeast of League City, 19 miles southeast of La Porte, 42.5 miles northeast of Angleton, north and across Dickinson Bay from Texas City (24.5 road miles), southwest and across Galveston Bay from Smith Point (76 road miles), 44.5 miles southeast of Houston, and 24.5 miles northwest of Galveston, Texas.
 
Karankawa Indians:
The nomadic Karankawa Indians lived along the Texas Gulf Coast from the western end of Galveston Island to Corpus Christi. They were a tall tribe; many warriors were over 6 feet tall; men wore their hair to their waists. They were heavily tattooed and wore shell ornaments. They pierced each nipple and their bottom lip with small pieces of cane. They greased their bodies with shark liver oil to ward off mosquitoes and other insects. During the summer months they survived by moving inland and hunting with long bows. During the winters they fished and crabbed the coastal bays in dugouts. They lived in round huts made with thatch and animal skins. The Indians had varied experiences with Anglos though in the end their population was decimated through warfare and diseases caught from Anglos. The Indians helped Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca when he was shipwrecked on Galveston Island in 1528. After French explorers under LaSalle stole two canoes from the Karankawa and refused to return them, the Karankawa engaged them in battle; the Indians won. The Karankawa were not cannibals. Though they did sometimes eat captured enemies, they did not do this for food, but rather to absorb the magic powers of the enemy.
 
Bay Area Bluegrass Association Monthly Blue Grass Concerts, League City:
This free blue grass show is held the third Saturday of each month (except May & Dec) at the Johnny Arolfo Civic Center in League City. The shows feature local and national artists. Three or four jam rooms are available beginning at 4:30pm; the show begins at 7pm. The Civic Center kitchen provides tasty, inexpensive food and beverages. Door prizes, raffles, and merchandise for sale are offered at every show. The 2010 Texas State Mandolin Contest was held at the August show. Civic Center: 500 W. Walker, League City.
 
Annual Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, April:
Activities include livestock shows, Rodeo Arena events, a cook-off, a carnival, Las Vegas Nights, Boots N’ Wine, Winterfest, and more. Jack Brooks Park and the Galveston County Fairgrounds are located The park and fairgrounds are located at 5700 FM 2004 at SH 6, Hitchcock, TX 77563. (409) 986-6490. 
 
18th Street Fishing Pier, Bar & Grill on Galveston Bay, San Leon:  
Amenities include the fishing pier, live bait sales, picnic tables, camping, a new boat dock, the Bar & Grill, pool tables, electronic darts, covered biker parking, and ADA compliant restrooms. The bar and grill is adjacent to the pier and offers a great view of Galveston bay, good bar food and great live music shows. Open 12 noon-2am daily. The Full menu is served until 9pm, Sun-Thu; 10pm, Fri-Sat. Families with children welcomed until 9pm. (281) 339-2600. 101 18th Street, San Leon. Travel south on IH-45, exit FM 646, left on FM 646 to Bacliff, right on Bayshore Dr. (at blinking light), left at 18th Street. Reviews More Reviews