A Brief History of Spring, TX
A city of beautiful scenery that is extremely family friendly, and a popular place to settle down, Spring, TX is a place you want to be. Whether you are looking to live here or you want to visit, it is always a good idea to learn an about the history that helped shaped the city to be what it is today. While all cities have their own unique story about how they came to be, Spring, Texas is interestingly different; involving German immigrants, and a massive trading post. Find out where our city got its name, and how it became to be the home of about 55,000 people:
Early Settlers in Spring, TX
The area was inhabited by Orcoquiza Indians during the year of 1746. During this time many Spaniards traveled to the area, however for many years it was only Spaniards and Indians. It wasn’t until 1820 a man named Stephen F. Austin, and his colonists settled nearby. By 1836 the provisional government included the area, and many other nearby areas, to be called Harrisburg. Later a trading post was established by a man named William Pierpoint, which brought many new settlers, causing the population to grow. This brought the population up to 153 people by the year 1840. German immigrants ended finding this area of Harris County and settling down with their families and began farming. This also brought many immigrants from Louisiana and “postbellum South” to move into the new farming location.
First Establishment Spring, TX
The town that eventually became Spring, Texas, became a popular place for sugar cane and cotton cash crops. At the time the town had two cotton gins and a sugar mill for making fresh syrup. These early establishments are what started bringing in more people and income into the town. Soon enough the town became big enough to become a new popular spot between the Houston and Great Northern Railroad in 1871, causing the town to explode with success. Their first post office was established in 1873, and by 1884 Spring has a grist mill, two cotton gins, two steam saws, three churches, as well as several schools. The towns quick success caused the population to rise to 1,200 in 910. The original Spring State Bank was built in 1912, and many say it was robbed several times in 1930! In fact, there are rumors that it was robbed by Bonnie and Clyde (we aren’t kidding, look up Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow).
The City Today
Many residents don’t know this, but their town suffered an extreme decline in population in 1931. By the removal of the roundhouse that was moved to Houston, the population declined to 300 people! In 1947 the population rose back up to 700 people, and by 1984 it significantly rose to 15,000. Spring came to be a town when Houston suburbs started to expand northwestward. Many of the original old houses were restored and became shops, while new houses were also built. The Old Town Spring Association formed the unique shopping village we have today in 1980. This caused Spring to become a tourist attraction by the year 1989, and eventually becoming home to 55,000 residents today!
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