League City was founded in 1873. There was a dispute between the founding fathers over what to call the budding township. In the end the honor went to J C League, the man who created the street grid for the downtown core. League also is responsible for many of the stately oak trees found throughout the city. He left two railroad flat-cars by the tracks filled with live oak seedlings, inviting the residents to plant the trees on their properties.
League City is also the home of the Challenger 7 Memorial Park, dedicated to the Space Shuttle Challenger that exploded shortly after lift-off in January of 1986. The park is a nature sanctuary under protection of the Audubon Society, a popular local fishing hole stocked with catfish and bass, and a learning center. Pets are allowed in the park, on-leash.
Bay Ridge is east of the downtown core, less than two miles from Trinity Bay. This collection of single family homes and apartments, mostly built between 1970 and 1994, welcomes renters and homeowners alike. A nautical theme is evident, not only in the home accents, but in the street names. Mariner Drive, Sand Reef Lane, and the main road, Bay Ridge Drive, are just some of the examples. The latter connects directly with Route 96 that leads to Interstate 45.
Bayside Intermediate and Clear Falls High Schools are right next to Bay Ridge’s eastern edge. The private South Shore Montessori School is a bit further away. Life Fellowship, Bay Harbour United Methodist, and the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS are all to the north. The closest shops and restaurants are at the intersection of Route 96 and South Shore Boulevard, south of the neighborhood. Hill’s Liquor One, a locally owned purveyor of spirits, is on Anchor Way, one of the smaller entrances into Bay Ridge.