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Spring, Texas
—  CDP  —
Location of Spring, Texas
Coordinates: 30°3′15″N 95°23′13″W / 30.05417°N 95.38694°W / 30.05417; -95.38694Coordinates: 30°3′15″N 95°23′13″W / 30.05417°N 95.38694°W / 30.05417; -95.38694
Country United States
State Texas
County Harris
Area
 - Total 24.0 sq mi (62.1 km2)
 - Land 23.9 sq mi (62.0 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 121 ft (37 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 36,385
 Density 1,520.0/sq mi (586.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 77373, 77379, 77389, 77388, 77386
Area code(s) 281, 713, and 832
FIPS code 48-69596[1]
GNIS feature ID 1347681[2]

Spring is a census-designated place (CDP) within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Houston in Harris County, Texas, United States, 20 miles (32 km) north of Downtown Houston.[3] The population was 36,385 at the 2000 census.

Contents

History

The area now known as Spring was originally inhabited by the Orcoquiza Native Americans. In 1836 the Texas General Council of the Provisional Government placed what is now Spring in the Harrisburg municipality. In 1838 William Pierpont placed a trading post on Spring Creek. In 1840 Spring had 153 residents. By the mid-1840s many German immigrants, including Carl Wunsche, moved to the area and began farming. People from Louisiana and the post-United States Civil War Southern U.S. settled in Spring. The main cash crops in Spring were sugar cane and cotton; area residents also grew vegetables.[3]

In 1871 the International and Great Northern Railroad, built through Spring, opened. This caused Spring to expand. In 1873 Spring received a post office. By 1884 Spring had 150 residents, two steam saw and grist mills, two cotton gins, three churches, and several schools. In 1901–1903 the International-Great Northern Railroad opened, connecting Spring to Fort Worth. Spring, now with a roundhouse, became a switchyard with 200 rail workers and fourteen trackyards. The population increased to 1,200 by 1910. The Spring State Bank opened in 1912. In 1923 the roundhouse relocated to Houston, causing Spring to enter a decline. By 1931 Spring had 300 people. The bank was robbed several times in the 1930s; false rumors stated that Bonnie and Clyde robbed the bank once. The bank consolidated with Tomball Bank in 1935.[3]

By 1947 Spring had 700 residents. Starting in 1969 the Goodyear airship America was based in Spring. In the 1970s Houston's suburbs began to expand to the north. More subdivisions and residential areas opened in the Spring area. Some older houses in Spring received restorations and housed shops. The Old Town Spring Association opened in 1980 to promote the Old Town Spring shopping area, which consists of the restored houses. In 1984 and 1989 Spring had 15,000 residents. By 1989 Old Town Spring became a tourist area. In 1990 Spring had 33,111 residents. In 1992 Goodyear moved America to Akron, Ohio.[3]

The 2006 Harris County, Texas hate crime assault occurred in a residence with a "Spring, Texas" address west of the Spring CDP. On April 22, 2006, David Henry Tuck and Keith Henry Turner beat and sodomized a Latino boy.[4] Tuck and Turner were convicted of the crime. The victim, David Ritcheson, committed suicide one year after the incident occurred.[5]

Geography

Map of Spring CDP

Spring is located at 30°3′15″N 95°23′13″W / 30.05417°N 95.38694°W / 30.05417; -95.38694 (30.054127, -95.386991)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 24.0 square miles (62.1 km²), of which, 23.9 square miles (62.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.13%) is water. The Spring CDP is actully in Northern Harris County, Texas, United States

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 36,385 people, 12,302 households, and 9,829 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,520.0 people per square mile (586.8/km²). There were 12,714 housing units at an average density of 531.1/sq mi (205.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 83.01% White, 6.99% African American, 0.51% Native American, 1.42% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 5.62% from other races, and 2.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.06% of the population.

There were 12,302 households out of which 46.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were non-families. 15.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 31.0% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 33.8% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 4.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $56,662, and the median income for a family was $60,934. Males had a median income of $42,134 versus $30,270 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $21,027. About 3.1% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure

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Local government

The Spring Fire Department serves areas within the Spring CDP and some areas outside of the CDP with Spring addresses.[7][8] The fire department is headquartered at 3915 Farm to Market Road 2920, west of the CDP. Stations within the Spring CDP include Station 71 at 26511 Preston Street, Station 73 at 4923 Treaschwig Road, and Station 74 at 24030 Old Aldine-Westfield. Station 77 at 148 Magic Oaks Drive is adjacent to the Spring CDP, on the other side of Interstate 45.[9] The North Harris County Regional Water Authority provides water services to the Spring CDP, which is located in Voting District No. 5.[10] The Texas House of Representatives bill that created the water authority, HB 2965, was signed into law on June 18, 1999. On January 15, 2000 voters voted to confirm the creation of the authority in a special election.[11]

County representation

Spring is within Harris County Precinct 4.[7][12] As of 2008 Jerry Eversole heads the precinct.[13] The CDP is served by Harris County Sheriff's Office District II Patrol,[14] headquartered from the Humble Substation at 7900 Will Clayton Parkway in Humble.[15] Areas west of Interstate 45 which have Spring addresses and are located outside of the CDP are served by Harris County Sheriff's Office District I Patrol,[16] headquartered from the Cypresswood Substation at 6831 Cypresswood Drive.[17]

Harris County Precinct 4 operates a recycling center at Jesse H. Jones Park, located southeast of the Spring CDP.[18][19] Montgomery County operates the Precinct 3 Recycling Center at 1122 Pruitt Road in an unincorporated area of Montgomery County, north of the Spring CDP.[20][21]

State and federal representation

Spring is located in District 150 of the Texas House of Representatives. As of 2008 Debbie Riddle represents the district.[22] Spring is within District 7 of the Texas Senate; as of 2008 Dan Patrick represents the district.[23]

Spring is in Texas's 2nd congressional district; as of 2008 Ted Poe is the representative.[24] Spring's designated United States Postal Service post office is the Spring Post Office at 1411 Wunsche Loop.[25] The post office serves around 80,000 people.[3]

Economy

In January 2010 the Houston Business Journal reported that real estate officials said that ExxonMobil planned to build a corporate campus in unincorporated Harris County along Interstate 45, adjacent to the Spring CDP.[26][27] According to the article ExxonMobil plans to consolidate thousands of employees from Houston and Fairfax County, Virginia into the facility; employees from over two dozen locations in Greater Houston are expected to be consolidated into the new facility.[26]

Education

Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

All areas within the Spring CDP are within the Spring Independent School District.[7] Several elementary schools, George E. Anderson, Chet Burchett, Pearl M. Hirsch, Mildred I. Jenkins, McNabb, Northgate Crossing, Salyers, Lewis Eugene Smith, and John A. Winship, are within the CDP and serve sections of the CDP.[28] Marshall Elementary School will open in 2010.[29][30]

Three middle schools, Bailey, Dueitt, and Twin Creeks, are within the CDP and serve sections of the CDP.[31] All residents are zoned to Spring High School.[32] Carl Wunsche Sr. High School, and Westfield High School, are in the Spring CDP.[33]

Salyers, opened in 1959 as Spring Elementary School, was the first elementary school of Spring ISD.[34] Winship Elementary School's classes began in fall 1972; the Winship campus opened on December 15 of that year.[35] Jenkins opened on February 6, 1977.[36] Hirsch opened in 1978.[37] Anderson opened in 1979.[38] Dueitt opened in 1980.[39] Twin Creeks opened in 1984.[40] Smith opened in 1986.[41] Anderson was named a 1989-90 National Blue Ribbon School.[42] Burchett opened in August 2005.[43] Bailey opened in August 2006 and was dedicated on October 15 of that year.[44] By Spring 2015 Spring ISD projects building a new elementary school and High School #4 within the Spring CDP.[45]

Harris County residents with Spring addresses that are not in the CDP either attend schools in Spring ISD or Klein Independent School District. Montgomery County residents with Spring addresses attend schools in Conroe Independent School District. Areas in Klein ISD with "Spring" addresses are served by Klein Oak High School, Klein High School, and Klein Collins High School. Areas in Conroe ISD with "Spring" addresses are served by Oak Ridge High School on the eastern side, and The Woodlands High School on the southwestern side.

Private schools

Langtry Preparatory Academy, a private school, is located in the Spring CDP.[46]

Area private schools:

In 2006 Trinity Lutheran School received the Blue Ribbon Award.[47]

Community colleges

Lone Star College System (formerly the North Harris Montgomery Community College District) serves the area.[48]

Public libraries

Harris County Public Library operates the Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library at Mercer Park at 22248 Aldine Westfield Road, south of the Spring CDP. The 10,137-square-foot (941.8 m2) branch opened in 1986.[49] The Barbara Bush Branch Library at Cypress Creek is located in at 6817 Cypresswood Drive in an area with a Spring address west of the Spring CDP. The 32,000-square-foot (3,000 m2) branch opened in 2002.[50]

Parks and recreation

Harris County Precinct 4 operates parks in the Spring CDP. Southwell Park, a 5-acre (2.0 ha) facility located at 27419 Nelson Street, includes the B.F. Clark Community Building, a picnic pavilion with tables and a barbecue pit, one lighted basketball pavilion, barbecue grills, toilets, and two playgrounds with one for children aged 2 through 5 and one for children aged 5 through 12.[51] Bayer Park, a 30-acre (12 ha) facility at 24811 West Hardy Road, includes four lighted softball fields, seven lighted baseball fields, and toilets.[52] Pundt Park is a 380-acre (150 ha) park at 4129 Spring Creek Drive that is being developed as of 2008. The park will have a canoe launch, a pavilion facility with a meeting room and toilets, a playground facility, picnic areas, and a trail system connecting Bayer Park to the Spring Creek Greenway.[53] Predinct 4 also operates the Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, south of and adjacent to the Spring CDP at 22306 Aldine Westfield Road.[54] The facility includes the Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library, an endangered species garden with a beaver pond, a canoe launch, picnic areas, a playground for children aged 6 through 12, a tea house, a trail, and a visitor center.[49][55]

The Cypresswood Golf club is located at 21602 Cypresswood Drive in the CDP. The club leases the land from Harris County and maintains the facilities.[56]

A water park called SplashTown Waterpark Houston is located in Spring. Old Town Spring is a popular shopping area in Spring.

Notable residents of the area

  • Stephen Rippy (composer) - Grew up in the Spring area[57][58]
  • Josh Beckett (MLB Pitcher - Boston Red Sox) - Born and Raised in Spring. Attended Spring High School. Was selected USA Todays High School Pitcher of the Year. Now plays for the Boston Red Sox.
  • Eddie Fatu a.k.a. Umaga (wrestler) - Resided in Spring[59]

See also


References

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  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Spring, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online
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  5. ^ Murphy, Bill, Paige Hewitt, Jennifer Leahy, and Cynthia Leonor Garza. "Teen victim of Spring pipe attack dies after apparent jump from ship / LULAC official says family told the 18-year-old went overboard on Carnival cruise." Houston Chronicle. Monday July 2, 2007. A1. Retrieved on January 19, 2010.
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