History

Introduction:

The Woods of Wimbledon is an unincorporated community in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Houston within north Harris County, Texas, bordering on Houston to the South and Tomball to the North.

Early History:

Much of the ealier years of area including Houston and the Stae of Texas can be found at 1960area.com

If you are intrested in a indepth look into the history of Klein, Texas it can be found at The Klein, Texas Historical Foundation

Near the intersection of what is now Strack Road and Wunderlich Road was the site of Jacob Strack’s sawmill. In 1888, Jacob Strack bought 602 acres of land south of Cypress Creek for $1,350, approximately $2.25 per acre, to build a large sawmill. His sawmill became the most prominent one in the neighborhood. Jacob Strack was the son of one of the five Strack brothers who came to Texas in the mid-1800’s. His first sawmill was near present-day Strack Farms restaurant and was in partnership with Jacob Theiss. Lumbering was an important economic activity from the earliest days of settlement along Cypress Creek, and over the years there have been numerous sawmills in the area.

By the late 1950’s, Houston was fast emerging as one of America’s super-cities; dominant in the petrochemical and aerospace fields. The newcomers flocked to the area and, due to their preference for wooded home sites, subdivision developers looked north of the city where it seemed to be cooler and less humid. Thanks to the new road, FM 1960 golfers could easily reach the Champions Golf Club and it wasn’t long before premier subdivisions were built in the great northwest area.

Roads in the area that are named after early settlers:

Strack
Herman Strack was the oldest of five sons who came to Texas from Prussia in 1848. He was a blacksmith who turned to farming, purchasing land near Cypress Creek. The land was part of two of the original 1836 Republic of Texas grants. The family continues to farm the land first purchased by Herman Strack.

Wunderlich
In the 1850’s, two Wunderlich brothers, Peter and Jost, came to Texas from Germany, seeking freedom of religion and better living conditions. By 1861 the two brothers were joined by their sister, Katherina Wunderlich Hassler, and her husband Wilhem. Peter homesteaded land, and in 1861 he was granted title to 577 acres. In 1864, during the Civil War, Peter was fatally burned in a gunpowder explosion near Spring Creek. Peter and his wife Katherina (was a Hofius) had six children. Their descendants have continued to farm the land for over 100 years. In the early 1870’s Jost Wunderlich bought 100 acres of land on the west side of Kuykendahl Road, between Spring-Cypress and Rhodes Road. Bridgestone West subdivision is on this land today.

Mittelstädt
Carl Theodore Wilhelm Mittelstädt arrived in the United States in 1869 with his wife Wilhilmene and five of their six children. They had lived in Semlow, Franzburg County, which today is in northern East Germany. The house they built still exists. Today there are almost 2000 direct descendants of these original Mittelstädts.

Benfer
Henry Benfer and his wife Elizabeth came from Westfalen, Germany in late 1866. They bought about 200 acres of land in the Klein area and began farming. Henry later became one of the founders of Trinity Lutheran Church. There are about 300 living descendants of Henry Benfer today.

Cypress Creek Parkway (FM-1960)
The “FM” stands for “farm to market” road. The road was given this number in the 1950’s. Earlier, sections of the road had different names. This section, called Bammel road, was originally a dirt trail through the woods. The western part of FM-1960, west of Stuebner-Airline, was once called Jackrabbit Road. In 2010 the road was renamed to Cypress Creek Parkway to help spur economical development.

Development:

In 1977 McCory-Hellbeck Development Co., Inc. of Houston Texas, purchased the 39. 9 acres track that is now know as The Woods of Wimbledon. McCory-Hellbeck established the deed restriction and sub-divided the land into plots. During the construction time there was several contractors in the area working on developing other neighboring communities such as Huntwick, Champions Forest, and Green Woods. Some of the contractors where responsible for the construction of the house in our community, and they share similar qualities and design features of homes in other subdivisions.
Upon sale of the last home that where build McCory-Hellbeck arranged for the elections to establish the Board of Directors for the Home Owners Association. The official Woods of Wimbledon Civic Association was established with the State of Texas on December 1, 1978. Some of the original owners still live in the house as of today. Over the past 30 years there has been a lot of growth in the surrounding area, however the community has remained relatively unchanged.

As of today,

Local government:
Harris County Emergency Service District #29 (ESD 29)Fire Department, headquartered at Champions Forest Drive, serves our community fire protection needs.

Cypress Creek EMS (CCEMS) is contracted through Harris County Emergency Services District #11 (ESD 11)which serves our community ambulance needs.

Both ESD’s are taxing entities that are responsable for serving the communities in there specific capacity. Taxes are assesed annual by the Harris County Appralisal District (HCAD).

County, state, and federal representation
The Woods of Wimbledon is within Harris County (Pct 4). As of Oct. 2011 R. Jack Cagle heads the precinct.

The community is served by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) District I Patrol, headquartered from the Cypresswood Substation at 6831 Cypresswood Drive.

The United States Postal Service operates the Klein Post Office at 7717 Louetta Road.

Education:
The Woods of Wimbledon community is served by the Klein Independent School District (KISD), established by the Texas Legislature in 1977. The Klein ISD area joined the North Harris Montgomery Community College District (now Lone Star College) area in 1998.

Demographics:
Number of homes 128
Median Square Ft. 3,567
Median Lot Square Ft. 10,332
Median Year Built 1981
Median Appraised Value $174-$373 K
Average Number of Bedrooms 4.1
School Districts Cy-Fair ISD & Klein ISD

References:

  1. Klein, TexasWikipedia. Retrieved on June 3, 2010.
  2. North Houston Rich History1960Area.com. Retrieved on June 3, 2010.
  3. Families of KleinKlein IDS. Retrieved on June 3, 2010.
  4. Tour One: Exploring the Klein CommunityKlein IDS. Retrieved on June 3, 2010.
  5. Reservations, Restrictions and CovenantsWoods of Wimbledon. Retrieved on June 3, 2010.
  6. Neighborhood Information FinderHouston Association of REALTORS. Retrieved on June 3, 2010.
  7. Section of FM 1960’s name to changeABC Inc., KTRK-TV/DT Houston, TX. Retrieved on August 21, 2010.