Pictures of Katy Heritage Museum and Vintage Contents

Updated on May 7, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Exterior of Katy Heritage Museum
Exterior of Katy Heritage Museum | Source

Johnny Nelson Katy Heritage Museum

I've visited the Katy Heritage Museum several times—twice many years ago, with my husband and with my mother, and once more recently.

On our most recent visit, my husband and I were amazed to see many additions to the museum. The Katy Heritage Society has a park adjacent to the museum building. Numerous historic homes have been moved to the park. That is also relatively new. I will save that for another post and focus on showcasing the heritage museum solely today.

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Farming equipment and biplane painted on front of the museum.Flags were flying half-mast there, as in the rest of Houston and elsewhere, because of the terrorist bombings in Belgium. Painted on one side of the Katy Heritage Museum.Cow and rice dryer painted on the front of the museum
Farming equipment and biplane painted on front of the museum.
Farming equipment and biplane painted on front of the museum. | Source
Flags were flying half-mast there, as in the rest of Houston and elsewhere, because of the terrorist bombings in Belgium.
Flags were flying half-mast there, as in the rest of Houston and elsewhere, because of the terrorist bombings in Belgium. | Source
Painted on one side of the Katy Heritage Museum.
Painted on one side of the Katy Heritage Museum. | Source
Cow and rice dryer painted on the front of the museum
Cow and rice dryer painted on the front of the museum

Katy, Texas

Katy, Texas, is a small town just west of Houston that sits on 11.26 square miles of space. Much of the land used to be open prairie, and the early residents had a strong history of farming.

Rice farming, in particular, was widespread, and rice dryers are still very much in evidence in Katy and surrounding areas. There are quite a few rice dryers, even in Houston. Most are used for other purposes these days.

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The Eagle called “Old Abe” was the J.I. Case Co. trademark for 104 years. Scythe & Handmade Cradle dating back to 1800 Old washtub Old stove and oven Old telephone switchboard
The Eagle called “Old Abe” was the J.I. Case Co. trademark for 104 years.
The Eagle called “Old Abe” was the J.I. Case Co. trademark for 104 years. | Source
Scythe & Handmade Cradle dating back to 1800
Scythe & Handmade Cradle dating back to 1800 | Source
Old washtub
Old washtub | Source
Old stove and oven
Old stove and oven | Source
Old telephone switchboard
Old telephone switchboard | Source

History on Display

This Katy Heritage Museum is filled to the brim with old photos on the walls. People keep donating items to the museum from what used to belong to some of the pioneering families. It has quite a large inventory of artifacts and antiques in addition to the photos.

The museum has plenty of space to display all of this, with 9,600 square feet divided up into distinct areas.

When first walking in the smaller room to the front, it has items like old school desks. We spotted such items as old-time metal ice tongs. There was a rice milling board and a vintage coffee grinder and a large wooden coffee bin, among other things. I had never previously seen an old Ironrite Ironer, such as the one on display in this museum.

There were many tools and other artifacts of which I was also unfamiliar. It would be a great place to take kids and teach them what items people used to use in their daily lives routinely. Adults can also learn about history while viewing these many different things on display.

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Ironrite IronerOld cash register & other artifacts Old sewing machines Display cases & photos on wall
Ironrite Ironer
Ironrite Ironer | Source
Old cash register & other artifacts
Old cash register & other artifacts | Source
Old sewing machines
Old sewing machines | Source
Display cases & photos on wall
Display cases & photos on wall | Source

Back Room of the Museum

Large numbers of tractors of various types are on display in the larger room behind the entrance area. This space with high ceilings and massive doors allows the placement of huge pieces of old farming equipment to be installed and put on view.

The tractors are just a sampling of what you will be able to see. On display are also some old and vintage cars and trucks.

When the pioneer families started planting rice and other crops, some of the old farm equipment was quite primitive. As time passed, the implements became more sophisticated and began to save working hours while harvesting more products.

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Oliver 99 Tractor at Katy Heritage MuseumMinneapolis Moline TractorFarmall Tractor Vintage truck with 1925 license plate Bright red Chevrolet truck Old antique cars & trucks in museum Humble gasoline pump & signs
Oliver 99 Tractor at Katy Heritage Museum
Oliver 99 Tractor at Katy Heritage Museum | Source
Minneapolis Moline Tractor
Minneapolis Moline Tractor | Source
Farmall Tractor
Farmall Tractor | Source
Vintage truck with 1925 license plate
Vintage truck with 1925 license plate | Source
Bright red Chevrolet truck
Bright red Chevrolet truck | Source
Old antique cars & trucks in museum
Old antique cars & trucks in museum | Source
Humble gasoline pump & signs
Humble gasoline pump & signs | Source

Massey-Harris Combine Story

One can read many interesting stories while in the museum looking at the equipment. One such story had to do with the Massey-Harris combine.

The workforce was sucked up by the war effort in 1944. Farm equipment was in short supply. Quotas on items were in place with the most vital supplies going to support the war effort.

A deal was struck between the U.S. government and Joe Tucker, who was the V.P. of Massey-Harris USA. Five hundred combines were built, and it was agreed that they would each harvest a set amount of acreage. In a short while, after the combines went into service, well over one million acres had been reaped. Twenty-five million bushels of grains had been collected sparing 1/3rd of man-hours and saving 1/2 million gallons of fuel. It was a resounding success!

One of those original 500 Massey-Harris combines is pictured here.

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Massey-Harris Combine Back of Massey-Harris Combine Large harvesting equipment in museum Bright yellow soil grader So much to see & learn inside this museum Old Soda Fountain & Jukebox
Massey-Harris Combine
Massey-Harris Combine | Source
Back of Massey-Harris Combine
Back of Massey-Harris Combine | Source
Large harvesting equipment in museum
Large harvesting equipment in museum | Source
Bright yellow soil grader
Bright yellow soil grader | Source
So much to see & learn inside this museum
So much to see & learn inside this museum | Source
Old Soda Fountain & Jukebox
Old Soda Fountain & Jukebox | Source

Update

In May of 2018, this museum now has a new name. It is the Johnny Nelson Katy Heritage Museum in honor of a long-time Katy resident, mayor, and city administrator who did much to promote the opening of this museum.

Location

These photos are just a small sample of what you will be able to view if visiting this jewel of a museum in person. The museum is open from Thursday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. The best part is that admission is free!

The address is 6002 George Bush Drive, Katy, Texas 77493. To see a bit more of this museum, click on the video below.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

    © 2020 Peggy Woods

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      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi FlourishAnyway,

        I had a sewing machine from my family, identical to the one you still have. Years ago, I donated it to a charity that taught people how to sew to make a living. So while it was an old-fashioned way of operating a machine, hopefully it is still in use somewhere.

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        Peggy Woods 

        4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Virginia,

        I agree with you, Virginia. Looking back at items typically in use from years ago is informative as well as fun.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Ruby,

        My photos only show a few of the items on display in this museum. They have an amazing collection of items, large and small.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Pamela,

        If we keep things long enough, by definition, they become antiques. Ha! This museum has a lot to teach others, especially youngsters.

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        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Liz,

        Museums like this are essential for teaching future generations who may never have seen such items that were once commonplace. I am glad you liked the looks of this one.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 weeks ago from USA

        I have the sewing machine pictured. It belonged to my great grandmother and is in great condition. The sewing machine actually flips underneath so you can use it as a little table. It is sitting in my formal living room and reminds me of her. I love antiques, especially if they bring back memories of family.

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        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Bill,

        Katy, Texas, has a lot going for it! I am pleased that you are enjoying learning about it.

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        Virginia Allain 

        5 weeks ago from Central Florida

        I love these kinds of museums and the glimpse into bygone times.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        5 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

        This was an enjoyable read. I would love to see the museum. The old farm equipment manufactured during the war effort would be interesting to see as well as the old tools used back then.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        5 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        This museum seems to have many more antiques than I would have expected. I like that old cash register and many other items. I also think the designs on the outside of the building is very nice. I think this is a very good place to visit, Peggy.

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        Liz Westwood 

        5 weeks ago from UK

        This museum looks lkke a real find, preserving our heritage for future generations to learn.

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        Bill Holland 

        5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        What a fascinating place, and Katy is, in my mind, a fascinating city. Thanks for introducing me to this prairie gem.

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