Santa Fe Texas: Fun Things to Do

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Santa Fe Texas

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Santa Fe  Texas is a city in Galveston County. It is named for the Santa Fe Railroad (now part of BNSF Railway) which runs through the town alongside State Highway 6.  Locals refer to their town as “The Fe.”

In 1877, the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway was built through the western part of Galveston county. By the turn of the century, three small, unincorporated towns had formed along the railway: Alta Loma, Arcadia and Algoa. The Santa Fe Independent School District, named after the railway, was established shortly afterward to serve the area.

 In the mid-1970s, the neighboring City of Hitchcock tried to annex an area in eastern Alta Loma known as the Morningview neighborhood. The residents of this neighborhood were passionately opposed to becoming a part of Hitchcock. Hitchcock was culturally very different, and Santa Fe and Hitchcock sports teams had harbored an intense rivalry for decades. To fend off annexation, a petitioning effort was begun to incorporate the area into a new city. On January 21, 1978, a ballot proposal to incorporate Alta Loma and parts of Arcadia (a total of nine square miles) passed by a wide margin, and the City of Santa Fe was born. In the years since, the City of Santa Fe has grown to include all of Arcadia and parts of Algoa, and has become one of the more affluent areas of Galveston County. Today, ironically, Santa Fe is twice the size of Hitchcock.

On February 14, 1981, the Ku Klux Klan hosted a fish fry on a private farm in Santa Fe to protest the growing presence of Vietnamese shrimpers in the Gulf. During the event, a Vietnamese fishing boat was ceremonially burned. That controversy, as well as similar conflicts in nearby port towns like Rockport, led to a decision of the United States District Court, S.D.Texas, Houston Division Vietnamese Fishermen’s Association v. Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and also served as the basis for the 1985 Ed Harris film Alamo Bay.

On June 19, 2000, the Supreme Court ruled that the Santa Fe Independent School District’s policy of permitting “student-led, student-initiated” prayer at football games and other school events violated the Constitution’s prohibitions against the establishment of state religion.

Santa Fe Texas Attractions

Santa Fe Museum… Housed in one of the few remaining original wooden railroad stations in the country, exhibits include original railroad artifacts, from towns along the Santa Fe Railroad, including Hitchcock, Alta Loma, Arcadia and Algoa.  Free

Santa Fe Texas Events

Golf Tournament in April

Galveston County Fair and Rodeo in April

Hall of Fame Fishing Tournament in May

Captain Cuisine-epicurean Evening in August

Car Show in August

Fall Fun Cruise in November

Winter Wonderland Festival in December

Santa Fe Recommended Restaurants:

Santa Fe Seafood and Grill…Located at 4233 FM 1764 # 4G

El Valle Mexican Cafe…located at 11942 T 6

When visiting Santa Fe Texas nearby cities include Alvin, Dickinson, Texas City, La Marque and Galveston.


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