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Thomas Park in Katy, TX: A Tri-County Park

Tri-County Marker in Thomas Park
Posted: July 6, 2019 at 9:25 pm   /   by   /   comments (2)

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Thomas Park

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.

Where three counties meet

Where three counties meet

Thomas Park in Katy, Texas

Thomas Park in Katy, Texas

Bicentennial Park Marker

Bicentennial Park Marker

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 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.

One crosses a small bridge into the park

One crosses a small bridge into the park

Children’s Playground

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.

Small children's playground in the park

Small children’s playground in the park

View of the playground and gazebo

View of the playground and gazebo

Paved Path in Thomas Park

Similar to Maxwell Park in Cypress, Texas which is a part of the Houston Metropolitan Area, 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.  One can see from one end of the park to the other.

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.

Small paved pathway through the park

Cane Island Creek borders one side of Thomas Park

Cane Island Creek borders one side of Thomas Park

Gazebo

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.

A Gazebo in Thomas Park

A Gazebo in Thomas Park

Gazebo in Thomas Park

Gazebo in Thomas Park

Dedication marker for gazebo

Dedication marker for gazebo

Restrooms

Despite the relatively small size of this park, toilets are on site which makes it helpful for people using the park.

The Restrooms in Thomas Park

The Restrooms in Thomas Park

Tri-County Marker

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.  What is left of the remnant now sits on top of the three-sided brick structure which marks the tri-county spot of demarcation.

Paved path to the Tri-County Marker in Thomas Park

Paved path to the Tri-County Marker in Thomas Park

Tri-County Marker in Thomas Park

Tri-County Marker in Thomas Park

Harris County side of tri-county marker

Harris County side of tri-county marker

Fort Bend side of tri-county marker

Fort Bend side of tri-county marker

Waller County side of tri-county marker

Waller County side of tri-county marker

Remnant of original Tri-County Marker in Thomas Park

Remnant of original tri-county marker in Thomas Park

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!

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  • July 11, 2019 at 2:29 pm Virginia Billeaud Anderson

    1907 Land Donation is cool. Thanks Peggy

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    • July 11, 2019 at 2:43 pm Peggy

      Hi Virginia,

      We would not have near the number of parks that we have if people did not donate land. For that, we should all be grateful.

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