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This community in the heart of Galveston County was incorporated in 1978, merging the towns of Alta Loma and Arcadia. It was named for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad that passed through the area in 1877. Originally an agricultural area, its growth is related to its strategic location near NASA, Galveston and Texas City refineries. Examples of early homes from the 1890s and a castle built in the 1930s can be seen here.
Events include a golf tournament and Galveston County Fair and Rodeo in April; Hall of Fame Fishing Tournament in May; Captain Cuisine-Epicurean Evening in August; car show in October; Fall Fun Cruise in November; and Winter Wonderland Christmas Festival in December.