Old Town Spring
is an old town with over 150 shops, restaurants, and art galleries in Spring
, a community in unincorporated Harris County
Old Town Spring is north of the city of Houston
and outside Beltway 8
. Many of the original buildings, some over a hundred years old, now house places to buy antiques, collectibles, clothing, and gifts.
The population in the Old Town Spring area started growing in the early 19th century when the Spanish
came to trade with the local Akokisa
(Orcoquisac) Indians. Back then, the town's name, "Old Town Spring," is said to have originated after one of the worst winters in Texas history when a group of tired railroad
workers were so happy at the approach of spring that they named their new camp "Camp Spring."
The small town grew consistently until the early 20th century. At one time the town had as many as 5 saloons and a gambling hall. The town thrived on the booming railroad business in South Texas and resulting industrialization.
After the Depression
, and a relocation of the railroad headquarters, the small town slowly declined in population until Houston's Oil boom in the 1970s and 1980s brought merchants back to the area to make the town what it is today.
This town is also known for being a robbery victim of Bonnie and Clyde
. The gunshots that were fired during this robbery are still present today on the old bank building.