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COLDSPRING Texas

Historic San Jacinto Courthouse in Coldspring Texas

Coldspring Texas is the county seat of San Jacinto County which is named after the river that traverses it and shares its name with the Battle which gave Texas its independence and one of the places to visit in East Texas.

The history of Coldspring is linked to Stephen F. Austin’s first colony in Texas which established, among other areas, San Jacinto County. Austin’s original colony extended to the Trinity River watershed, roughly along Texas 156, toward Point Blank. After receiving a commission from the Mexican government to settle the area, Joseph Vehlein, a German immigrant to Mexico, deeded 640 acres  to Robert Rankin, an American Revolutionary officer. This acreage included the site of Coldspring.

The settlement of Cold Springs (old spelling) began around 1850. In 1848, there existed only a trading post called “Coonskin”, later “Fireman’s Hill” nearby.

Coldspring had developed into a bustling county seat town by 1915, but disaster struck On March 30, 1915 when the wooden courthouse burned, thus removing the economic foundation of the town. Plans for the present courthouse were made, and the building was completed in 1918. Thereafter, the townspeople moved their buildings near the new courthouse at its present location.

Places to Visit in Coldspring Texas:

Lake Livingston.. This Trinity River Authority reservoir has several parks, camps, and marinas with camping, fishing, boating, and a state park.    It is a huge lake with a surface area of 90,000 acres.

Sam Houston National Forest…The Sam Houston National Forest, one of four National Forests in Texas, is located 50 miles north of Houston. The forest contains 163, 037 acres between Huntsville, Conroe, Cleveland and Richards, Texas. With land in Montgomery, Walker, and San Jacinto counties, the Sam Houston National Forest is intermingled with privately owned timber lands and small farms. Double Lake Recreation Area offers camping near a small lake in the forest.  It also has two picnic area, fishing and swimming opportunities  along with hiking trails.

San Jacinto County Courthouse…San Jacinto has had two county courthouses; 1871 and 1917 (pictured above). On March 30, 1915 the first county courthouse burned, thus removing the economic foundation of the town. Plans for the present courthouse were made, and the building was completed in 1918. Thereafter, the townspeople moved their buildings near the new courthouse at its present location.

San Jacinto County Museum…This museum depicts the life of early settlers with farm and forest implements, household items, photos and law enforcement artifacts.   A cell block, hangman’s drop and jailer’s quarters still exist  Located on Slade Street in the restored jail.

Wolf Creek Park…This park located on Lake Livingston, offers fishing, boating, skiing, swimming, hiking, campsites and boat ramps.  Golfers staying at the park can play the nearby 18 hole Cape Royale Golf Corse.  Located on FM 224 north of the city.  Admission charge.

Where to Eat in Coldspring Texas:

The Paradise Grille…Family dining which also offers steak and seafood… Located at 15220 TX-150.

El Taquito…Mexican…Located at 90 Patrick St.

The Funky Monkey Restaurant and Tavern…Good Food and music…Located at 52 TX-150.

When visiting Coldspring Texas nearby places to visit include Livingston, Cleveland and Huntsville.

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