Coldspring, Texas

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Coldspring is a city in San Jacinto County, Texas, United States. The population was 691 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of San Jacinto County[3] which is named after the river that traverses it and shares its name with the Battle which gave Texas its independence.

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History

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 (2.6 km2) 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 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.[4]

Geography

Coldspring is located at 30°35′17″N 95°8′0″W / 30.58806°N 95.133333°W / 30.58806; -95.133333 (30.588194, -95.133262)[5]. Houston, the 4th largest metropolitan center in the United States, is approximately 55 miles (89 km) to Coldspring's south.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.8 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 691 people, 263 households, and 180 families residing in the city. The population density was 375.2 people per square mile (145.0/km²). There were 313 housing units at an average density of 169.9/sq mi (65.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 66.28% White, 31.40% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.58% Asian, and 1.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.18% of the population.

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