Spring Branch has a long history that would probably surprise many people new to the area. Like many of Houston's older neighborhoods, its character has dramatically changed over the years, and it has evolved with its own unique qualities.
It was originally settled by German immigrants fleeing oppressive conditions back home, who sought the opportunity to own land in the newly formed Lone Star State. Many of those immigrant families set roots in an area near Buffalo Bayou that they named Spring Branch, and operated dairy farms, sawmills, and other ventures as they acclimated themselves to the climate in this part of Texas, which was very different than what they were used to in Germany.
Time has seen Spring Branch evolve from its roots as an early rural Texas settlement of German immigrants who farmed the area, into a postwar middle class Houston neighborhood, and now into a much more diverse urban environment with nice older subdivisions and newer homes. It's that mix of elements that make Spring Branch so charmingly "Houston" while retaining interesting elements from all stages of its history.
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Updated: 18th April, 2019 10:09 AM.