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Kemah is a city in the U.S. state of Texas within the metropolitan area. The city's population is 3,334. Located in Galveston County, Kemah's main industry comes from shipping as it is located on Galveston Bay. Originally a small fishing town, the city has become a tourist destination for the area's restaurants and attractions, which are contained within the Kemah Entertainment District. In fact, in 2012 Kemah was ranked the top tourism spot in the Greater Houston area.GeographyKemah is located at and is part of the Clear Lake Area.According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of, of which is land and, or 1.65%, is water.HistoryThe land, measuring approximately 177 acres, was the basis for a town that would be called Kemah. This land was granted to one of the first colonists who was a farmer and stockraiser, Michael Gouldrich, on August 24, 1824. Gouldrich’s land was located near Clear Creek (Harris County, Texas) and Galveston Bay.However after Goulding disappeared, William Vince from Harris County, Texas acquired Goulding’s Clear Creek land. Afterwards John Flanders, an Alamo fighter who was not supposed to have taken any land, bought the property from William Vince and it was renamed “Flanders Grove” or “Flanders Labor”. When Flanders died at the age of 36, Allen Vince, of Vince’s Bayou, was appointed executor of Flanders’ estate in 1841. On May 28, 1844, there was a petition to sell the land to pay off debts. Soon after, the land was appraised for $2 an acre and sold to Jonathan D. Waters. He bought the Clear Creek land on July 2, 1844 for $354.
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