One of the fastest growing residential neighborhoods in the nation, Atascocita, Texas is located in the northeastern part of Harris County, eighteen miles northeast of downtown Houston. Six miles east of Humble, Texas, Atascocita is bordered by Lake Houston and is home to many parks, golf courses, country clubs, and over 15 established neighborhoods. The Atascocita area has been inhabited before Texas was a state, grown into a well established area, and continues to mature in development and diversity.
Atascocita, Texas is positioned north and south of F.M 1960. This road is the most east-west route in the region connecting San Antonio, San Felipe, and other parts of South Texas to Louisiana. It was originally named Atascocita Road or Atascocita Trail and was established by the Spanish explorer, Alonzo Deleon, for military and trade use in the early 1700’s. In 1757 the Atascocita Settlement was created as a fort to prevent the French from trading with the Indians. While Spanish attempts to spread Christianity throughout Texas missions ultimately failed, by 1820 Atascocita Trail became the most extensively traveled road in Texas. There is even indication that this trail was used for driving cattle to Louisiana to feed the American soldiers.
Fast forward to 1951 when construction of the 12,240 acre man-made Lake Houston began. Engineered by Ambursen Engineering, a company specializing in dams, Lake Houston is held by the San Jacinto Dam and lies 43.8 feet above sea level. Construction was completed in December of 1953 and the lake is crossed by the Missouri Pacific line, and the McKay Bridge at F.M. 1960. The lake is owned and operated to this day by the City of Houston for civic, irrigation, and recreational purposes.
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Sixth Annual Lake Houston 10k 5k Early Bird Registration Ends July 14 – Atascocita
Registration for the 6th Annual Lake Houston 10K 5K presented by Memorial Hermann Northeast and Texas Emergency Care Center is underway. Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the sanctioned race at 7 a.m., Saturday, August 22 at Kings Harbor on Lake Houston.
Last year’s event proved successful with nearly 950 runners from across the state and country, some from as far away as Chicago. This year the Chamber is preparing for more than 1,000 participants. The course begins and ends at King’s Harbor in Kingwood, is mostly shaded and boasts picturesque views of Lake Houston and the Kingwood area.