Kemah is on State Highway 146 and State Highway 96 in a half-moon pocket on Galveston Bay twenty-five miles northeast of Galveston in northeastern Galveston County. The Southern Pacific had been built passing through a small settlement and with the railroad came more people. About 1898, the Bradford & Kipp families, owners of almost all land, subdivided it into lots establishing the township of Evergreen. It was also known as Shell Siding in the period when the railroad hauled shell from the area. Along the shoreline of the Bradford property there extended a shell reef several hundred feet long, extending into the bay a couple of hundred feet. It is reported that in some places the shell was some 20 to 30 feet high. During the 1890's Bradford sold the shell to the railroad at seventy-five cents per rail car. The railroad built a spur track across the prairie from Dickinson to the bay to haul away the shell. There is some evidence of isolated sales of shell sold in 1875, which was hauled away by barge to Galveston for roads in that city. Indian Burial grounds were also found in the shell reef.
Kemah has been a destination for generations of Houstonians seeking an easy getaway for boating, fishing, dining or shopping for crafts, collectibles and other unique items. The Kemah Boardwalk, a 14-acre complex complete with entertainment, themed restaurant, hotel and amusement rides marina and a miniature train entertains this generation of Houstonians. Our website log shows where people surf in from. The breakdown is as follows. Kemah, TX 3% , Houston, 30%, Texas 26%, US 22% Outside US 19%. It would appear we now are a world class destination.
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