Cypress, Texas


Cypress is on U.S. Highway 290 twenty miles northwest of Houston in northwestern Harris County. An artifact was recently found which proves that people populated Cypress TX as early as 7500BC. Various Atakapan Indian tribes once inhabited the area, but they quickly died out when white settlers moved into the area. German immigrants began settling along Cypress Creek in the 1840s near where some Anglo-Americans were already ranching. In the 1980s many of the original settler families were remembered through streets and schools that bore their names, like Huffmeister Road and Matzke Elementary. In 1878 a dance hall was built on Huffmeister Road, but it burned a few years later. Settlers soon rebuilt it with the financial support of the Cypress Gun and Rifle Club, this time using corrugated tin. Tin Hall was still a popular dance hall more than a century after its construction. The first Cypress school was built in 1884. The original one-room school later developed into the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, which in the 1980s served the second largest area of the state's school districts, surpassed only by the Houston ISD. With the discovery of oil along the Gulf Coast in 1904, the Cypress area began to develop rapidly. A hot artesian well was discovered by surprised drillers only a mile from Cypress. This find resulted in the Houston Hotwell Sanitarium and Hotel; the well was frequently sought for the healing powers its mineral waters supposedly provided. In the 1980s the site was occupied by the Hot Wells Shooting Range. Rice and dairy farming were the main occupations of Cypress residents until the suburbanization of the area began in the 1950s. Because of the local interest in farming, the Cy-Fair Rodeo has been a favorite community event since its establishment in 1944 by Forrest Arnold.

Parks and Recreation

Little Cypress Creek Preserve is a 58-acre property with a series of 10 man-made shallow ponds designed to mature into a vibrant, functioning wetland. In addition to recreational hiking, jogging, biking, and horseback riding, the preserve is used as an educational nature area. Future plans for the preserve include developing it into an educational and recreational nature area.

Matzke Park, a 19.4-acre facility, includes a multiuse trail with water fountains, rest room facilities, one cricket field, an all-inclusive barrier-free playground, two picnic pavilions, one gazebo, and a butterfly and sensory garden.

Attractions and Activities

Longwood Golf Club are sure to delight new Cypress residents. This course is ideal for all skill levels. The Club House is home to the Pro Shop where you can find all your golfing needs. Members may enjoy dinner at The Grille Restaurant. The club is open every day from 8:30am to 6pm.

Laser X of Cypress is for all ages to play laser tag, do arcade racing, or enjoy homemade pizzas.

Jan Gillespie
Jan Gillespie