Conroe, Texas is located in Montgomery County, on Interstate Highway 45, right at the junction of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroads. It is the county seat of Montgomery County and you'll be just minutes away from Lake Conroe and Houston.
The town was founded in 1881 by Isaac Conroe, a lumberman who began a sawmill on Stewarts Creek. This sawmill became the foundation for a new town, and a post office was built in 1884 at the commissary of the mill. The town takes its name from its founder, and was originally called Conroe's Switch, until the name was officially shortened to Conroe.
The main product in the area was its lumber and the mill bustled with business for many years. The nearby location of the railroad made the town an ideal location for shipping lumber. Schools were started in the area in 1886, and the population continued to expand. The lumber trade was responsible for attracting the majority of the first settlers.
The original courthouse was none other that the house of Isaac Conroe, before a brick court house was built in 1891. At this time, several churches were established, catering to several different denominations. Many of these churches are still in existence today.
The growth of the town was steady through the years and it attracted a number of different businesses. A Dr. Pepper bottling plant was opened in the 1920's, as well as two banks, five grocery and hardware stores, a waterworks, a planing mill and numerous other stores. This growth continued until the lumber production started to decline. The Great Depression brought some of the worst years to the area, forcing the closure of many mills.
Oil was then discovered and the town sprang back to life. Fortunes changed and many of the poorest people and schools quickly became the richest in the state. The population continued to grow through the late 1930's, and is still growing today, thanks to a steady stream of Houstonians looking to move to a quieter town. The population of Conroe is now estimated at approximately 27,000 people.
There are several new businesses and facilities that are located in Conroe, including radio stations, nineteen churches, a television station, a cab company and a newspaper called the Daily Courier. These businesses serve the local community well, and provide a small town atmosphere, within minutes of Houston.
There are many things to do in Conroe, including catching a play at the Community Theater, visiting the Heritage or Pioneer Museum and several different festivals are held year round. Lake Conroe is nearby and features many opportunities for boating, fishing and even water skiing. The Capture Conroe photo contest is a big hit with residents and features many entries every year.
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