New Caney Texas History:
When New Caney was founded in the 1860s it was originally called Presswood after early settlers Austin and Sarah Presswood who raised cattle on the open range. Another early settler, John Wesley Robinson, farmed, raised cattle, and built a gristmill, cotton gin and general store on Caney Creek. In the late 1870s, the Houston, East and West Texas Railway built a line to the area, enabling the community to become a shipping point for livestock; the train station was named Caney Station. The 1882 post office was named New Caney. By 1884, the area’s economy had expanded to include the lumber, cotton and syrup industries. By 1892, New Caney had 150 residents. By 1971, the town had 2,771 residents. It continued to grow due to its proximity to Houston. Unincorporated New Caney is located on Caney Creek at the intersections of U.S. 59/69, SH Loop 494 and FM 1485, 54 miles southeast of Huntsville, 38.4 miles southeast of Montgomery, 28 miles southeast of Willis and Lake Conroe, 21 miles southeast of Conroe, 44 miles southwest of Livingston, 16 miles southwest of Cleveland and the Sam Houston National Forest, 7 miles southwest of Splendora, 32.5 miles northwest of Liberty and the Trinity River NWR, 30 miles northwest of Sheldon and Sheldon Lake State Park, 10.4 miles northwest of Kingwood and Lake Houston, 31 miles northeast of Houston, 11.9 miles northeast of Humble, 20 miles east of Shenandoah and The Woodlands, and 37 miles east of Magnolia, Texas.
R.B. Tullis Branch Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, genealogy materials, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. The library has a Genealogy & Local History Room. It also offers free Hoopla Digital, a Netflix type service permitting members to download movies, e-books, music and other entertainment to their personal devices. Up to five may be downloaded each month either in the library or online. The Montgomery County Memorial Library System has a Little Free Library that provides access to free materials through book exchanges. This little library may be checked out by selected individuals and organizations – it travels several times per year to be temporarily installed at various publicly accessible locations within the county. Open Mon, Tue & Thu, 9am-9pm; Wed, 9am-6pm; Fri & Sat, 9am-5pm. Local: (281) 577-8968. Metro: (936) 442-7705. The library is located at 21569 U.S. 59, adjacent to the EMCID Building.
Sand-N-Fire Studio, New Caney:
The studio hosts glass blowing and marble making classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. Fusion classes are also available throughout the year. The touch work area is now air conditioned. Full day classes are available during week days. (281) 689-3311. The studio is located at 24336 FM 1485, New Caney, TX 77357. Email
The Friendship Center Senior Center:
The senior center offers meals, transportation, senior programs, case management, and activities. Lunch is served at 12pm. (281) 354-1223. The center is located at 21679 McClesky Road at A.V. “Bull” Sallas County Park.
Event Venue - East Montgomery County Fair Association Fairgrounds:
The Fair Association building amenities include a large multi-purpose room, a kitchen, tables and chairs, and restrooms. Other amenities include a pavilion, arena, a show barn and a concession stand. These facilities are located in A.V. “Bull” Sallas Sports Complex Park at 21675 McClesky Street. (936) 521-8919. Email
Annual East Montgomery County Improvement District (EMCID) Events:
Annual events include the Back to School Bash, Fall Extravaganza, Spring Extravaganza, the Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner and the Scholarship Foundation Gala. (281) 354-4419.
Annual Houston Rodeo Old Spanish Trail Ride, Logansport, LA to Houston, Feb:
This 216 mile trail ride was established in 1956. The ride begins in Logansport, Louisiana. The 2015 ride began on February, 21, and included 50 riders and no wagons. The first night stay is at the SoSo City Park in Timpson, Texas. The second night (22 Feb) stay was at the Total Service Station at U.S. 59 and Loop 224 in Nacogdoches. On the third day, they lunched at the Lufkin Angelina Expo Center, and spent the night at Old Orchard Park in Diboll, Texas. Lunch on the fourth day was at the U.S. 59 picnic area, one mile south of Moscow, Texas. They overnighted at Barney Wiggins Memorial Park in Livingston. The 5th
day found them having lunch at the Savage Metal Yard (U.S. 59 & Loop 424) in Shepherd, Texas. They spent the night at the VFW Post (FM 2025) in Cleveland, Texas. The sixth day lunch was held at 21066 U.S. 69 Feeder, New Caney, Texas. They overnighted at Teamsters Local, 5939 Bender Road, Humble, Texas. The last day they took a break at 11th
Street and Durham, and spent the night in Parking Lot H, adjacent to the Fonde Recreation Center in Houston. They rode the next day to Memorial Park (6501 Memorial Drive, 77007). (936) 269-3064. (281) 413-5597. (281) 413-5661.
Annual Houston Rodeo Spanish Trail Ride, Shepherd to Houston, Feb:
This 109 mile trail ride began in 1961. The ride begins at Shepherd, Texas. The 2015 trail ride began on Saturday, February 21, and featured 150 riders and ten wagons. They pulled out at 8:30am on Saturday morning. They took a noon break at FM 217 and SH 150. They spent the night at Danny Everitt’s place in Shepherd. Sunday morning they took a circle ride and took the morning break at FM 217 and FM 221. The noon break was at Firetower on FM 2025. The evening break was same as the morning break and then they returned to Danny Everitt’s place in Shepherd. On Monday morning they headed out for the Bronco Speedway at 1288 Fostoria Road, Cleveland, 77328 where they spent the night. They took morning breaks at Lower Vann Road at River Creek, and Yeager Road and FM 945. Lunch was at the FM 274 Hunters Camp Area. An evening break took place at FM 1725 and Fostoria Road. Tuesday they headed for the 16 mile ride to Albert Sallas Park, 21675 McClesky Street in New Caney, Texas. Morning break was at Fostoria Road and SH 59; Noon break was at Creekwood Drive exit and SH 59; Evening break was at Caney Creek and SH 59. On Wednesday at 8:30am, they began the 14 mile ride to the Civic Center Arena, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble, 77338. Their morning break was between FM 1314 and North Park on the feeder road. The noon break was at Reeves Furniture at 21909 U.S. 59, Kingwood, 77339. On Thursday morning at 8am, they pulled out for the 19 mile ride to Sears at 4000 North Shepard in Houston. The morning break was at Kanes Western Wear (Aldine and SH 59). The noon break was at Gillespie (IH-45). The evening Break was at North Shepherd near Little York Road. They left Friday morning for the eight mile ride to Memorial Park (6501 Memorial Drive, 77007). (713) 875-0294. (936) 672-3033. (281) 541-9028.
Annual Texas Sawmill Festival, Mid-April:
Over 75 vendors participate. Festivities include a children’s area, live entertainment, an EMC Historical Society display, quilting and other craft displays, a working sawmill from the Smith Family Sawmill Company, the judging of Old Sawmill Town buildings and displays, and more. Chamber: (281) 354-0051. The event is held at the EMCID building at 21575 SH 59 North, New Caney, TX 77537.
Annual Porter VFW Post 4816 BBQ Cook-Off, Oct, Porter, TX:
Categories at this IBCA sanctioned event include brisket, pork spare ribs, chicken, open meats, pinto beans, and sweets. Approximately 25-45 BBQ teams compete for prize money. Additional activities include a raffle, an auction, and entertainment. 26111 Cunningham Drive, Porter, Texas. (281) 354-3188.
Annual New Caney Christmas Parade, 2nd Monday in Dec:
The juried parade begins at the New Caney High School parking lot, and proceeds east on Eagle Drive, right on Loop 494, right on Community Drive, right on the U.S. 59 feeder road, right on Eagle Drive and back to the parking lot. (281) 354-0051.