According to local tradition, the settlement was named by Joseph Graves for the cold springwater found there. Updated 7 months ago
Coldspring, Texas

Coldspring, Texas

Coldspring, Texas is the county seat of San Jacinto County. Photograph by Adavyd.

Coldspring is at the junction of State Highway 150 and Farm roads 1514, 946, and 2025, sixty-five miles north of Houston in central San Jacinto County. According to local tradition, the settlement was named by Joseph Graves for the cold springwater found there. The first post office, named Coonskin, was opened in 1847. Within a year the office was renamed Fireman's Hill, and in 1850 the name was changed to Cold Spring, officially respelled Coldspring in 1894. The town, located on the Robert Rankin grant, became the county seat of newly established San Jacinto County in 1870. County government, agriculture, and lumbering provided the chief sources of income for Coldspring residents during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The courthouse burned in 1915, and the townsite was moved to its present, more elevated, site. The old town is now marked only by the old San Jacinto County Jail, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 and became a registered Texas landmark in 1982. The first bank in Coldspring opened in 1907, at which time the community had between 400 and 500 residents.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
975 2019 Texas Demographic Center
853 2010 Texas Demographic Center
691 2000 Texas Demographic Center
538 1990 Texas Demographic Center
569 1980 Texas Demographic Center
675 1970 Texas Demographic Center
655 1960 Texas Demographic Center
500 1950 Texas Demographic Center
500 1940 Texas Demographic Center
500 1930 Texas Demographic Center
500 1920 Texas Demographic Center
439 1900 Texas Demographic Center
7,747 1890 Texas Demographic Center