Home » Archive by Category

Woodlands & Montgomery County History

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 …

Back When … THE WONDERS OF WILD FLOWERS Back When … THE WONDERS OF WILD FLOWERS

One of the best things about spring is the wildflowers in our own backyard.  Each year it is a reminder of new life and springtime. In the height of the season wildflowers can be …

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 … WHAT’S IN A NAME? Back When … WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Harper’s Landing is one of two major neighborhoods in College Park.

Back When … WHAT A STRANGE NAME Back When … WHAT A STRANGE NAME

By Char Schneider
In Montgomery County there are many strange or unusual names of towns and communities. Some early settlements were named after the founder or someone close to the founder; others were named because of …

Back When … IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR! Back When … IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR!

By Char Schneider
Let’s get out the lights and decorations! 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 of …

Back When… A CHURCH HERE, A CHURCH THERE Back When… A CHURCH HERE, A CHURCH THERE

Not surprisingly, the first five denominations to plan for congregations in the new development were already strong in other parts of the county.
By Char Schneider
It’s Sunday. Where should we go to church? In the early …

What’s a Blue Law?. What’s a Blue Law?.

By Char 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 …

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 … LET’S CELEBRATE Back When … LET’S CELEBRATE

No Independence Day celebration would be complete without fireworks!
By Char Schneider
It’s the Fourth of July and time to celebrate our country’s birth. But did The Woodlands always celebrate the way we do today? For the …

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

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 national flag …

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 …