The Old Oaks of Katy
When the settlers arrived, Katy was only a bald prairie with barely a tree in sight. According to historians, nearly all of Katy’s trees were planted by early settlers to provide shade for the homes and the town. “Every beautiful old oak that you see in Katy was carefully planted and maintained,” says Lopez.
Lopez says her great-grandfather Stockdick, Katy’s ‘land man’, was always on the lookout for acorns whenever he traveled into Houston. “When he saw a really beautiful oak tree, he would stop and pick up several acorns from around the tree, bring them home, and plant them. Lopez says many of the statuesque trees in and around Katy are descendants of the beautiful old oak trees her great-grandfather scouted in Houston.