Atascocita Community Guide
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.