Webster is a city in Harris County, in the U.S. state of Texas. It is part of the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area that is located on SH 3 and the Galveston, Houston, and Henderson rail line, in the extreme south of the county. The settlement was formerly known as Gardentown until it was founded in 1879 when a group of English colonists was brought by the founder James Webster. Hence, where the city was named after. A railway was eventually built and farmers started growing pears and other produce. In the early 19th century, rice became a significant cash crop; dairies and livestock ranches were developed and petroleum was discovered in the nearby oilfield. Despite that, the number of residents didn’t grow as many until a space center was constructed in 1961. Within a year, the town had a civic center and a hospital, and Webster added 300 acres to its land. As of 2010, it has a population of 10,684.