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Coldspring is a city in San Jacinto County, Texas, United States. The population was 853 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of San Jacinto County which is named after the river that traverses it and shares its name with the Battle which gave Texas its independence.HistoryThe history of Coldspring is linked to Stephen F. Austin's first colony in Texas which established, among other areas, San Jacinto County. Austin's original colony extended to the Trinity River watershed, roughly along Texas 156, toward Point Blank. After receiving a commission from the Mexican government to settle the area, Joseph Vehlein, a German immigrant to Mexico, deeded 640acre to Robert Rankin, an American Revolutionary officer. This acreage included the site of Coldspring.The settlement of Cold Springs (old spelling) began around 1850. In 1848, there existed only a trading post called "Coonskin", later "Fireman's Hill" nearby.Coldspring had developed into a bustling county seat town by 1915, but disaster struck March 30, 1915 when the wooden courthouse burned, thus removing the economic foundation of the town. Plans for the present courthouse were made, and the building was completed in 1918. Thereafter, the townspeople moved their buildings near the new courthouse at its present location.GeographyColdspring is located at . Houston, the 7th largest metropolitan center in the United States, is approximately 55mi to Coldspring's south.According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8sqmi, all of it land.DemographicsAs of the census of 2000, there were 691 people, 263 households, and 180 families residing in the city. The population density was 375.2 people per square mile (145.0/km²). There were 313 housing units at an average density of 169.9 per square mile (65.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 66.28% White, 31.40% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.58% Asian, and 1.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.18% of the population.
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