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Coldspring is the seat of San Jacinto County, and lies north of Houston on Hwy 150 off US 59 near Lake Livingston on the edge of Sam Houston National Forest.

According to local tradition, the settlement was named by Joseph Graves for the cold springwater found there. The first post office, named Coonskin, was opened in 1847. Within a year the office was renamed Fireman's Hill, and in 1850 the name was changed to Cold Spring, officially respelled Coldspring in 1894.

Coldspring residents voted to incorporate their city in 1969 by a 114-to-10 margin. Due to changes in resource availability, the population of the county seat had declined from an estimated high of 750 in the early 1960s to 675 in 1970 and to 569 in 1980. The population in 1990 was 538.


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