Montgomery, Texas

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Montgomery, Texas

The Lone Star Flag of Texas is one of the most recognizable state flags in the United States. Now travelers have the chance to explore its birthplace. Montgomery, Texas, is rife with state history, with July of 2012 marking its 175th anniversary. Founded around the Lake Creek Settlement in 1837, Montgomery now finds itself surrounding Lake Conroe. The lake serves as a focal point for much of its attraction: visitors take advantage of the friendly waters for boating, fishing, swimming, and other fun activities year-round.

The City

Montgomery, Texas is the birthplace of the Lone Star Flag. It’s well worth mentioning again, seeing as Texans take their heritage quite seriously. The city’s history extends back to July of 1837, when W. W. Shepperd founded Montgomery within the Lake Creek Settlement. Shepperd joined with partner John Wyatt Moody to christen the settlement “Montgomery.” Moody drew inspiration from having served as County Clerk of Montgomery County in Alabama. The Lone Star Flag itself came into being when Dr. Charles B. Stewart was commissioned to design an official flag for the Republic of Texas. His copy of the drawing still can be found in the Nat H. Davis Museum.

Do & See

For attractions and activities around Montgomery, Texas, look no further than the sparkling Lake Conroe. Much of Montgomery's appeal resides with the water sports and relaxation of Conroe's waters. Boat and equipment rentals are available, and there are even professional fishing services designed to show visitors the best spots on the lake. On land, enjoy golf and explore Montgomery's numerous historical sites.

Dining

Enjoy a variety of cuisines in Montgomery. While remaining true to its Texan heritage with prominent steakhouses, Montgomery also has Mexican, Asian, Italian, and a host of other ethnic foods.

Shopping

Apparel, antiques, home decor, custom jewelry, and Texas-style accessories comprise the shopping in Montgomery. There are quite a few independent boutiques, rather than large department stores and outlet malls. If seeking the larger outlets, it may be in your interest to head to Houston or Conroe.