Make your own free website on Tripod.com
 
SEARCH THIS SITE

powered by FreeFind
P.O. Box 505         Coldspring, Texas 77331          Hours: 10-4 Thurs-Saturday           936-653-2009
HOME
Old Jail Museum
Old Town
Projects
Events
Membership
Volunteers
Tell us your story
.
Contact Us
Site Map

.

. The town moves cont'd.

     The construction of the courthouse seemed to spread a general ambition to build and imporove.  There was talk of establishing an electric light plant, a water works and even an ice house, and soon the Cleveland road was being surveyed.  The new road was expected to be ready for heavy trucks by about September, thus competing with the railroad for freight hauling.  By the middle of May, work on the courthouse had been closed down, possibly due to the heavy rains that had caused the Trinity River to sweep over the lowlands, washing out roads and pushing livestock to higher grounds.
     The first hint of the townspeople moving came in May when C.D. Hollis bought T.L. Ross' corner store and had it moved to the new town site.
     About the same time another development excited everyone.  It was soon to be built from Conroe to Cold Springs.  This announcement came in a rounabout way, .ike a rumor.  The Times quoted the announcement from the Polk County Enterpirse, who had quoted it from the Beaumont Enterprise, who had quoted H.C. Fuller, editor of "Southwest" magazine.
     Fuller visitied Cold Spring and in his magazine prophesied that "The new town on the hill will take on new life and energy as the years come and go, and when another decade shall have been added to the history of the past, Cold Springs of today will not be recognizable in the new Cold Springs of ten years hence...." 
     But for the present, the residents were concerned with the move itself.  By summer, the Methodist Church had been moved to the new town site by Mr. Streeter, work on the Cleveland road had begun, lumber for the courthouse had arrived, Hansbro had bought a car, a new Hupmobile, along with many residents who were turning Cold Springs into a car-clogged town.  Walt Autry's delivery wagon was bashed to pieces against a tree when the horse was frightened and ran off with it and he immediately bought a new Dodge.  The move to wheels was on.
     The Democratic primary had come and gone with W.H. Beazley ousting Modisett and G.A. Derrick unseating Everitt as commissioners.  And, most important, a home grown boy, F.O. Fuller, had been elected state representative, a move that was to involve him in one of the most notable events in Texas' political history, the impeachment of Gov. "Pa" Ferguson.
     Work on the courthouse and the Cleveland road continued with little notice as cotton-picking time came and went, prohibition was delcared in Cleveland, Colonel Roosevelt was talking like he was running for President and Cold Springs first suto repair shop was built with "machinist" Charles Cain in charge.  It would be called Cold Springs Garage and Motor Car Co., dealers for Overland, Chevrolet and Willis-Knight.
     The brick work on the courthouse began in October.  By that time most of the concrete work was finished, except for some stairway and columns.  The bricks, now coming from two kilns, had drawn the attention of an industrialist who talked of establishing a clay plant here.
     By the beginning of 1917, businessmen could take enough away from moving the town and hunting possum to send a delegation to secure a terminal in Cold Springs for the proposed Waco-Beaumont Railroad.  Both cities had already pledged $100,000 each and the communities on the proposed route were expected to help.
     Meanwhile, most of the the partitions had been put up at the courthouse and it looked like San Jacinto would soon have a house for the county seat.
     Glover wrote: "Only a short time is now required to complete the building after which the streets will be graded and a general move will take place.  We have already learned there have been contracts let for moving houses from under the hill to the new town."
     In fact, Glvoer himself was in the process of moving the Times office to the new location in the San Jacinto Mercantile Co.
     The county, in only a few months, had made considerable progress on new roads.  In addition to the road to Clevelan (that was graded and yet to be paved), there were graded roads from Camilla to Shepherd, Shepherd to Drews' Landing, Swarwout to Cold Springs via Camilla and two petitions were being circulated for bond issues for additional roads from Waverly to Cold Springs and from Oakhurst to Point Blank.
     Then trouble in San Jacinto County. 
 

SITE MAP
BACK
NEXT