Kingwood celebrates 50th anniversary, still offers same small-town feel

Kingwood celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Kingwood celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Kingwood celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Image description
It has been 50 years since Kingwood was founded in 1970, and longtime residents said the community still remains a livable forest and offers the same small-town feel it did in its early years.

Initial development of Kingwood began in the early 1970s by the Friendswood Development Co. with the creation of several villages, according to Dee Price, president of the Kingwood Service Association.

“Friendswood Development Co. was a subsidiary of Exxon, and they had a partnership with the King Ranch to develop this parcel of land,” Price said. “That’s where the name Kingwood came from.”

The McWhirters were the first family to move into Kingwood in Trailwood Village, according to a community newsletter from the neighborhood’s website. At the time, Kingwood homes were priced in the low $30,000s, Foster Elementary School had just opened, and a shopping center was in the works, per the newsletter.

Although the area quickly began expanding outward, Price said the original goal of creating and maintaining minimally invasive neighborhoods with accessible amenities has not wavered.

“The philosophy of maintaining the ‘livable forest’ is there,” she said. “All of the community associations and community leaders strive to maintain that philosophy and that environment.”

In the late 1980s, Theresa Duerringer was drawn to Kingwood after seeing the thoughtful planning put into the neighborhoods, each having its own park, with a system of trails connecting everything.

“It had [a] very small-town feel, but yet you had a 25-minute drive to be down to downtown Houston,” Duerringer said.

Duerringer said the small-town feel she initially moved to the community for is still present, something she saw in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey as residents rallied to support local businesses. After 33 years in Kingwood, Duerringer said she considers many of her neighbors to be her best friends.

“It’s been a great place to live,” Duerringer said.

Kelly Schafler contributed to this report.


MOST RECENT

student writing on paper
Texas Legislature allows parents to opt for students to repeat grade levels or courses

Senate Bill 1697 is effective for the 2021-22 school year.

Outside of the Alan B. Sadler Commissioner's Courthouse in Conroe
Montgomery County commissioners vote on proposed tax rate, set date for public hearing on FY 2021-22 budget

A public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 20 to adopt the final budget and tax rate for the 2021-22 fiscal year.

School supplies will be exempt from the 8.25% sales tax Aug. 6-8. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
What to know before the statewide tax-free weekend Aug. 6-8

Customers will not have to pay the standard 8.25% sales tax on select clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks under $100.

Houston Firefighters
Appeals court rules in favor of union in longstanding Houston firefighters pay parity case

The measure, known as Proposition B, requires Houston firefighters to receive the same pay as Houston police officers of comparable rank. 

According to a July 21 district news release, all eligible full-time teachers, nurses, librarians and counselors will receive a one-time stipend of $2,000, while all other eligible staff will receive a one-time payment of $1,000 on or before the Sept. 30 paycheck. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Humble ISD board approves COVID-19 retention stipend for returning employees

According to a July 21 district news release, all eligible full-time teachers, nurses, librarians and counselors will receive a one-time stipend of $2,000, while all other eligible staff will receive a one-time payment of $1,000 on or before the Sept. 30 paycheck.

Titus Express Car Wash is hosting a grand opening event beginning at 7 a.m. July 31 at the car wash, 23685 Walton Avenue, New Caney. (Courtesy of Titus Express Car Wash)
Titus Express Car Wash in New Caney to host grand-opening event

Terry Schmidt, Titus Express Car Wash owner, said the event will feature free car washes all day, free food and snow cones, and face paintings and balloons for kids. Attendees will also have a chance to win Astro’s game tickets and gift cards at the event.

Main Chick Hot Chicken opened its first brick-and-mortar location July 23 in Sugar Land. (Courtesy Main Chick Hot Chicken)
Main Chick Hot Chicken opens in Sugar Land; Urban Bird Hot Chicken coming to Cy-Fair and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news for the Houston area, including two new chicken restaurants.

Houston-area residents will be able to apply online for a one-time payment of $1,500 from July 28-Aug. 11. (File photo)
$30M COVID Relief Fund opens for Harris County residents as eviction moratorium ends

Sourced by funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, eligible residents will receive a one-time payment of $1,500 to support urgent needs.

Exterior of Alan B. Sadler Commissioners Court building
Montgomery County officials discuss employee raises on first day of budget workshops

Montgomery County commissioners debated the possibility of a 5% raise in salaries across the board as a priority for the 2021-22 fiscal year budget.

Pride Houston Parade
Pride Houston fall parade and festival canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

The downtown annual parade and festival, scheduled for Sept. 25, will be replaced by a Montrose block party and other events, organizers announced July 25.

The CDC reversed its masking guidance for fully vaccinated individuals in response to the transmissibility of the delta variant of COVID-19 in a press conference July 27. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
NEW CDC GUIDANCE: All individuals should wear masks in K-12 schools, including those who are fully vaccinated

The new CDC guidance, announced July 27, also recommends people in areas with "high" or "substantial" levels of transmission wear masks regardless of vaccination status.