Conroe is the seat of Montgomery County and falls
within Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan
area. It is located about 40 miles (64 km) north of
As of July 2012, the city population was 61,533, up
from 36,811 in 2000.
The city is named after northern born, Union Cavalry
officer and Houston lumberman Isaac Conroe. Conroe
founded a sawmill there in 1881. The city originally
gained in wealth due to the lumber and oil
industries. Originally named "Conroe's Switch", the
area saw an influx of residents in the late 19th
century due to the lumber demands on the piney wood
forest of the area.
During the 1930s, due to oil profits, the city
boasted more millionaires per capita than any other
US city, though only for a brief period of time.
Elvis Presley performed at the High School football
field on August 24, 1955. Also Los Tigres del Norte
performed at the Crighton Theatre in 2009.
After the construction of Interstate 45, many
Houstonians began to settle communities around
Within the first decade of the 21st century the city
attracted a great deal of new residents from the
Houston area. Renée C. Lee said that Conroe around
2002 was a "a sleepy, backwater town 40 miles north
of Houston" and that at the time, Conroe city
officials needed to use financial incentives to
attract home developers to Conroe. Lee said that for
a three-year period ending in 2007, Conroe became a
hotbed of construction of new houses.
In 2012 the U.S. Census Bureau designated the area
around Conroe and The Woodlands as a "large
urbanized transit area," an area defined as having
over 200,000 residents, making it eligible to
receive federal transportation funds.
Conroe and nearby Attractions:
Candy Cane Park
Heritage Museum of Montgomery County
Lake Houston State Park
Lone Star Hiking Trail
Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Sam Houston National Forest
White Oak Point Park
Wiggins Village Park
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4709
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