Spring, Texas is a census-designated place (CDP) within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Houston in Harris County, Texas, 20 miles (32 km) north of Downtown Houston. Spring continues north of the Harris county line into Montgomery County, along Spring Creek and onwards to the edges of Oak Ridge North to the east and The Woodlands to the west. The area along Sawdust Road and Rayford Road (splitting at I-45) is technically not part of The Woodlands yet it's proximity to the community could be assumed as such. The Woodlands is currently only a Township although it does have a post office bearing the name "The Woodlands, Texas."
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 and 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.
By 1873 Texas had 1,068 miles of railroad with the the Houston and Great Northern Railroad having built through Spring two years earlier. As the rail workers approached the area, their excitement for being in a more temperate zone after having worked through the previous winter, they named the area "Camp Spring" which only held for a short while. Built and known as a railroad town, the area would soon become known simply as Spring, Texas prospered with several hotels, saloons, cafes, blacksmith shops, general stores and banks. The train yard was located just south of town (still in operation today) had all of the usual features, a depot, roundhouse, and water tower for the steam engines of the time. Spring Tx flourished through the 1920's and then like the rest of the country, suffered the effects of the Great Depression.
"Old Town Spring" is a favorite haunt during the weekends with locals and visitors alike offering a variety of quaint shops and restaurants. The area is also host to a variety of festivals; "The Crawfish Festival" being a widely known event and the "Home for the Holidays" shopping extravaganzas are also an annual attraction. In addition to a growing population, there are several good restaurants in Spring Texas.
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