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Klein in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Klein Community

 
 
The Klein Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, June 29, 2019
1. The Klein Community Marker
Inscription.  A farming community developed in this area after a group of German immigrants settled on the banks of Cypress Creek in 1845. The settlement was later named for Adam Klein, who left Germany in 1849 and joined the California Gold Rush before moving here with his wife Friederika (Klenk) in 1854.

Farmers in this vicinity raised cotton, potatoes, and corn, and marketed their produce in Houston, a two-day trip by wagon. Center of community life was Trinity Lutheran Church, organized in 1874 by the Bernshausen, Benfer, Brill, Kaiser, Klein, Lemm, Theiss, and Wunderlich families. The Klenk and Strack families joined soon after the charter was signed.

The settlement was called Big Cypress until Klein Post Office was established Sept. 8, 1884. William N. Blackshear, the first postmaster, operated the postal facility in his general store. It was replaced by rural free delivery in 1906.

Although never platted or incorporated, the Klein Community formed the nucleus of a school district. In 1928 five districts were consolidated to create Rural High School District Number One. Many early schools had only one room and one teacher.
The Klein Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, June 29, 2019
2. The Klein Community Marker
In 1938 the district became Klein Independent School District.
 
Erected 1977 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10714.)
 
Location. 30° 1.236′ N, 95° 31.418′ W. Marker is in Klein, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of Stuebner Airline Road and Louetta Road, on the right when traveling south on Stuebner Airline Road. Marker is located at the northeast corner of the Klein High School campus. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16715 Stuebner Airline Road, Spring TX 77379, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Theis (Theiss) Family (approx. 1 miles away); Catherine Wunderlich (approx. 1.6 miles away); Kohrville Community (approx. 1.6 miles away); Wunderlich Farm (approx. 1.6 miles away); Peter Wunderlich Home (approx. 1.6 miles away); Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); Matthew Burnett Homesite (approx. 8.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Klein, TX - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on July 1, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 69 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 1, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.
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