Conroe, Texas

Conroe, Texas

View of downtown Conroe, the seat of Montgomery County, Texas. Photograph by HIM Nguyen.

Conroe, the county seat of Montgomery County, is on Interstate Highway 45 at the junction of the Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroads, seven miles southeast of Lake Conroe in central Montgomery County. In 1881 Houston lumberman Isaac Conroe established a sawmill on Stewarts Creek two miles east of the International-Great Northern Railroad's Houston-Crockett line on a tract of land in the J. G. Smith survey, first settled in the late 1830s. A small tram line connected the mill to the I-GN track, but Conroe soon transferred his operations down the tracks to the rail junction, where his new mill became a station on the I-GN. In January 1884 a post office was established at the mill commissary, and, at the suggestion of railroad official H. M. Hoxey, the community took the name Conroe's Switch, in honor of the Northern-born, former Union cavalry officer who founded it and served as its first postmaster; within a decade the name was shortened to Conroe.

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
86,236 2019 Texas Demographic Center
56,207 2010 Texas Demographic Center
36,811 2000 Texas Demographic Center
27,675 1990 Texas Demographic Center
18,034 1980 Texas Demographic Center
11,969 1970 Texas Demographic Center
9,192 1960 Texas Demographic Center
7,298 1950 Texas Demographic Center
4,624 1940 Texas Demographic Center
2,457 1930 Texas Demographic Center
1,858 1920 Texas Demographic Center
1,374 1910 Texas Demographic Center