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Back When … Spring Creek County Back When … Spring Creek County

On Nov. 17, 2015, a forgotten part of Texas history was brought to light and honored with a Texas Historical Commission Marker. Spring Creek County was one of 16 “Judicial” counties established between 1840 and …

Back When … Charles B. Stewart, Designer of the Texas Flag Back When … Charles B. Stewart, Designer of the Texas Flag

Charles B. Stewart was one of the founding fathers of Texas and the designer of the Texas Flag that we know today. He was born on Feb. 6, 1806 in Charleston, South Carolina, to Charles …

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Stephens F. Austin’s Second Colony
Back When … <br />Stephens F. Austin’s Second Colony

Most everyone has heard about Stephen F. Austin’s First Colony established in 1823 and known as San Felipe de Austin, now known as San Felipe, Texas, but it is less well-known that a second colony …

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First Montgomery County Historical Marker Awarded to Shepard Barber Shop
Back When … <br />First Montgomery County Historical Marker Awarded to Shepard Barber Shop

Since 1912, five generations of local Conroe men, their sons and grandsons needing a haircut or a shave have sat in the chairs of what is now Shepard’s Barber Shop at 116 Simonton Street in …

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Eagle Scout Preserves Historic Richard Williams Cemetery
Back When … <br />Eagle Scout Preserves Historic Richard Williams Cemetery

The Richard Williams Cemetery east of Willis recently received a facelift, thanks to members of the Montgomery County Historical Commission’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB). For his Eagle Scout project, member Ross Ohendalski worked with fellow …

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George Bell Madeley, the “King of Egypt”
Back When … <br />George Bell Madeley, the “King of Egypt”</br>

The community of Egypt was located near the junction of Farm Roads 1488 and 2978 about nine miles southwest of Conroe in southwestern Montgomery County. In its heyday, Egypt was surely a land of plenty. …

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Birthplace of the Texas Flag
Back When … <br />Birthplace of the Texas Flag</br>

By Char Schneider
Six Flags of Texas” is not always a reference to the amusement park. The term originated from the fact that the state of Texas has flown under six different flags or governments.
The first …

Back When … What’s a Blue Law? Back When … What’s a Blue Law?

Why are the malls closed?” “Why is this section of the grocery store roped off? I need nails and screws!” These were some of the conversations heard throughout the South, including Texas, until as late …

Back When … An Old-Fashioned County Fair Back When … An Old-Fashioned County Fair

If you have always lived in a large metropolitan area, where you have to search the “back 40” for the animals at the fair, you will love the great experience at the Montgomery County Fair …

Back When … Let’s Rodeo! Back When … Let’s Rodeo!

It’s that time of year again. Everyone turns to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The excitement actually starts before the rodeo opens. The “Go Texas” trail rides and parades have already started this year. …

Back When … Foraging for Groceries Back When … Foraging for Groceries

Grocery Stores Were Planned For Each Of The Additional Village Centers As They Opened.
As any master-planned community developer knows, you must have a grocery store in your plans and preferably in the early years.
Before The …

Back When … Horses and Livestock Everywhere Back When … Horses and Livestock Everywhere

By Char Schneider
In the 1970s and early 1980s it was hard to drive up I-45 from Houston without seeing horses and livestock. However, the original covenants of The Woodlands precluded any livestock or horses in …

Back When … It’s That Time of Year! Back When … It’s That Time of Year!

Where are we going to get the tree? When are all the parties? These are only some of the questions floating around at this time

Back When … How Magnolia Developed Back When … How Magnolia Developed

By Char Schneider
We all know about the “Austin 300,” but how did Texas grow from there? There were the oil strikes and the cattle drives, but it was the railroads that really made it all …

Back When … Read a Good Book Lately? Back When … Read a Good Book Lately?

By Char Schneider
Sometimes we take the public library for granted, but it was not always a convenience. Back in the 1930s a public library was a rarity. In 1934, a state-sponsored library demonstration office circulated …

Back When … The Story Behind Lake Woodlands Back When … The Story Behind Lake Woodlands

By Char Schneider
Built for both recreation and flood control, Lake Woodlands is the third largest body of water in Montgomery County. The lake covers 203 acres and is one-and-one-half miles long from north to south. …

Back When … What’s a Blue Law? Back When … What’s a Blue Law?

ByChar Schneider
Why are the malls closed?” “Why is this section of the grocery store roped off? I need nails and screws!” These were some of the conversations heard throughout the South, including Texas, until as …

Back When … THE HOMETOWN OUTDOOR SCULPTURES Back When … THE HOMETOWN OUTDOOR SCULPTURES

What hometown community would be complete without art? The Woodlands has been home to outdoor art sculptures from the very beginning. In fact, for the size of our community, we have more outdoor sculptures than …

Back When … BIRTHPLACE OF THE TEXAS FLAG Back When … BIRTHPLACE OF THE TEXAS FLAG

By Char Schneider
Six Flags of Texas” is not always a reference to the amusement park. The term originated from the fact that the state of Texas has flown under six different flags or governments.
The first …