FROM THE ASHES
Annual events like Christmas on the Square and the Wolf Creek Car, Truck & Bike Show where vintage and contemporary vehicles compete for prizes are popular with residents and visitors alike in this East Texas town located within the Sam Houston National Forest. When a fire swept through the Coldspring courthouse in 1915, community members saw in the disaster an opportunity to relocate the San Jacinto County seat to loftier ground, literally. Leaving all but the San Jacinto County Jail behind, the Coldspring community moved to a higher elevation, building a new courthouse and other structures. Coldspring resident Robert Hugh McClanahan, Jr. had another solution to the problem, however. Rather than relocate, he simply had his home physically turned so that it faced in the direction of the new courthouse square. Coldspring was named for the cold waters located along a streambed crowded with hyacinth, inspiring Spanish explorers to name the stream after Saint Hyacinth. Today, the Coldspring community commemorates its former townsite with the restored 1887 jail, now serving as a museum for San Jacinto County.