With the coming of the Manned Spacecraft Center in the early 1960s, the Clear Lake Area became the center for cutting-edge technology and space travel. Soon to follow were numerous aerospace contracting firms and other high-tech enterprises, giving the area one of the highest concentrations of aerospace expertise in the nation. Nine distinct cities make up what is referred to as the “Clear Lake Area.” From east to west along the north shore are Seabrook, El Lago, Taylor Lake Village, Nassau Bay, Houston, and Webster. From west to east on the south shore are League City, Clear Lake Shores, and Kemah. The lake feeds into Galveston Bay, creating a waterfront lifestyle with the third largest boating community in the United States.
Author Bio: Author Ruth Burke has been preserving the history of the Clear Lake Area with her photographs since 1978. Her images have been featured in numerous publications and are a part of many private art collections. She is the owner of Seaside Gallery, located near the north shore of Clear Lake. Coauthor Rebecca Collins is a journalist and a native of the area. Her coverage of local news and events spans over 10 years. She is the owner and publisher of the Bay Area Observer newspaper.
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