Spring, Texas 2024

spring,TexasThe city of Spring did not arise from just one historical event, but rather it started from several smaller communities, each with their own uniquely colorful backgrounds.

You would find people with German heritage at one end, back then, living in towns like Kleb and Louetta, early settlers from Germany. Another section was the town of Spring itself, where railroads first made their way through this region in the 1870s. There was a large cotton, sugar cane, and cattle farming industry, which were predominantly owned by families from the Southern United States. Another community was in the town of Fernwood, which was named for the lush woods in the area. After the Civil War, settlers from the South brought their traditions and ideals, and they planted cotton, corn, and sugar cane. A quick railroad link started at the trading post and train depot, started by Elias F. Hardy. Finally, in 1856, Howard J. Kurth, a German immigrant, purchased most of Spring and developed the original town site in 1871. August Carl Schade, another German immigrant, also purchased 100 acres and developed a farm in 1856.

Today the location of Spring sits just 20 miles north of Houston. Spring became linked to Houston through the efforts of a railroad expansion. A railroad expansion brought people and businesses, once just small towns and trading posts, together as one large city of Spring. Today, businesses thrive, and though many farms still exist, more and more horse pastures and fields are being sold and developed into neighborhoods.

Spring has grown one neighborhood at a time. Still, it continues to preserve, enhance, and celebrate the traditions of the many founders and early settlers. With the growth in population came the need for schools, medical services, and entertainment, and they are well supplied in the region.

Farming and ranching may have been their strong suit back in the 1800s. Still, Spring has become an attraction for:

*Old Town Spring, a collection of unique shops and restaurants that even draw visitors from surrounding cities

*Spring Cypress Presbyterian Church, founded in 1872, burned down and rebuilt with a historical bell tower that stands today

*The 125-year-old St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, founded in 1872

*Barker-Riverside Park in nearby Seabrook, Texas

*Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, 32 acres opened in Spring in 1974 from Thaddeus L. Mercer, II

*Heritage Museum of Spring, housed in the historical 19th century cabin

*Spring Fire Department and Historical Fire Museum

*MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1881, offering cancer care, research, prevention and education

*Lone Star College System, North Harris, Greenspoint, Kingwood, Tomball, Montgomery, Conroe, Huntsville, University Park, University Center, University of Houston at The Woodlands, and The Woodlands Center

*Camp Strake, a 123-acre camp used by the Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America

*The main campus for LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) is at RIT in New York

Humble ISD serves most of Spring, with its boundaries stretching into Harris County and a small portion in Montgomery County and Spring ISD. Spring ISD serves a small portion of Spring. Some students attend schools in other districts, such as Aldine ISD, Klein ISD, and Tomball ISD. Lone Star College System serves Spring.

Spring has many things to be proud of, with a colorful history of family farms, German and Southern heritage, and new ideas to incorporate neighborhoods and businesses.

There are so many seasonal fairs, spring and summertime fairs, garden festivals, and craft shows. On top of that, there is a constant attraction to the shopping and eating scene. Whatever you are looking for, there is a special place that most anyone can call home.