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After being closed for over a year due to damage sustained during Hurricane Harvey, League City’s Butler Longhorn Museum, located at 1220 Coryell Street, is hosting a grand re-opening celebration this Saturday, January 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
During Hurricane Harvey, the first floor of the museum received two feet of water and exhibits on the second floor were damaged after heavy winds caused a leak in the roof and water flowed down the walls and into the building.
In addition to water and roof repairs, the museum has a new color palette, more historic photos captured from the early days of League City, and new exhibits and displays featuring the Butler family and their involvement in saving the Texas longhorn from extinction.
In 1854, the Butler family, including George Washington Butler, moved from Louisiana to Texas to start ranching along the banks of Clear Creek. In addition to becoming a successful cattle rancher, George became a respected civic leader. His ranch served as a railroad stop and mail drop, and he himself would later serve as postmaster and build the community’s first school. In 1907, he canvassed all the property owners in League City to see who would pay $4 a piece for live oak trees to be planted by their sidewalks. His 18-year-old son, Milby, supervised the planting of the trees, many of which still shade the sidewalks of League City to this day.
Milby Butler would go on to become a successful cattleman like his father but would take an interest in preserving the native Texas Longhorn. At the beginning of the 20th century, Longhorns were on the verge of extinction. Today, the Longhorn is alive and well thanks to the efforts of Milby Butler.