I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).
This Katy, Texas park may be small, but Thomas Park is the exact spot where three counties meet. Those counties are Harris County (to the east), Fort Bend County (to the southwest), and Waller County (to the north). A three-sided brick monument marks the location with the names of each county facing in the appropriate direction.
You can easily find this historical park at the end of 3rd Street just off of Avenue D in Katy, Texas.
Historical Marker for the Katy Bicentennial
July 4, 1976, is the date of the town of Katy marking its 200th anniversary. One of the founding fathers of Katy was Oliver Thomas. Back in 1885, he purchased three hundred and twenty acres of land. His plan for the town’s growth included parks. One of them is the marvelous Mary Jo Peckham Park. This Thomas park bears his last name.
Three of his heirs donated this land for the park back on December 23, 1907, according to the marker pictured above. Their names are L.C. Luckel, J.O. Thomas, and R.M. Cash.
As in most parks, Thomas Park includes a cute playground for little children. On our first visit to this park, the playing area was in full use. The day I took these photos (below), we pretty much had the park to ourselves.
Paved Path in Thomas Park
For people who wish to rack up some significant mileage walking or jogging, it would take multiple trips around this paved path in Thomas Park to achieve that goal. In that way, it is similar to Maxwell Park in Cypress, Texas, which is a part of the Houston metropolitan area. One can see from one end of the park to the other in both of these parks.
This walkway is suitable for quiet strolling through the verdant green lawn and tree-shaded areas. I can envision lovers quietly walking hand in hand, making plans for their futures. Perhaps parents want to get in a bit of exercise while their little tykes play on the swings. My husband and I used the path to wander through the park while I snapped photos.
Cane Island Creek borders one side of this set-aside land, and a fence is erected between the creek and the park undoubtedly for safety concerns.
This pretty gazebo is a focal point at one end of Thomas Park, with the Tri-County Marker being the focus at the other end. A picnic table was in the center of it on the day of our two visits. Undoubtedly this little gem is a draw for photographers who capture that perfect shot for wedding, graduation, or other occasions.
Other picnic tables, as well as benches, provide spots in which to rest and relax.
Despite the relatively small size of this park, toilets are on-site, which makes it helpful for people using the park.
It is so beautiful when people donate land wishing for the public to be able to use it. Many of our parks, both local as well as state and national, have come into existence because of the generosity of donors. That alone is excellent. What makes this park uniquely significant is the fact of three Texas counties which meet precisely in this location.
It is a locale similar to what is known as the four corners. That is the exact point where four states (Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico) meet.
Initially, there was a pillar marking the spot. Time and weather eventually took its toll. The remnant now sits on top of the three-sided brick structure, which marks the tri-county spot of demarcation.
Tiny But Sweet
A residential neighborhood adjoins Thomas Park offering nearby residents a place to congregate. This small park is open from 9 AM to 5 PM. If you are looking for a cute little area in which to gather, be sure to put Thomas Park on your list. Not all parks need to be grand in size!
“Nature surrounds us, from parks and backyards to streets and alleyways. Next time you go out for a walk, tread gently and remember that we are both inhabitants and stewards of nature in our neighborhoods.”
— David Suzuki
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© 2020 Peggy Woods
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 10, 2020:
Parks can offer fresh air and space in which to walk, picnic, or relax. Some are beautiful and expansive. This particular one is small but interesting as it marks the exact spot where three counties meet.
Niks from India on July 10, 2020:
I find parks to be great mood changers. A lovely park with beautiful pictures. Especially I liked the image of the children's playground area. Informative and engaging hub.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 21, 2020:
The land area of Katy, Texas, is small, and therefore the population. However, it is surrounded by the metro area of Houston, which is growing by leaps and bounds. It no longer feels like a small town.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 18, 2020:
People still need to take precautions not to get too close to people, even in open spaces. Hopefully, as soon as a vaccine is developed, COVID-19 will be a thing of the past.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 18, 2020:
So I just looked up Katy, Texas, and it has a population of 15,000. There is a lot happening in a city of that size. I'm impressed.
Liz Westwood from UK on April 18, 2020:
This is a great guide and source of useful information. Green spaces like this are so important during lockdown.