Described as the "Urban Jewel in the Piney Woods," Conroe is the seat of Montgomery County in Texas. It also falls within the Houston, Sugar Land and Baytown Metropolitan Aarea and is located in a scenic and beautiful part of the state. The great Elvis Presley performed in Conroe back in 1950 at the Crighton Theatre, but nowadays things have developed somewhat - so much so in fact that you may well be enticed to the warm, fun-filled "Crown Jewel" of Texas. Those moving to Conroe will discover all of the exciting amenities and more!
Conroe was named after Houston Lumberman and Southern Cavalry Officer, Isaac Conroe who founded a sawmill there in 1881. The early days saw Conroe benefiting from toil and lumber industries as settlers started arriving in numbers in the late 19th century. With oil just about everywhere in this part of Texas, Conroe boasted more millionaires per capita than any other city in the nation. The construction of the all new Interstate 45 in the 1980s provided the next wave of settlers, mainly from rapidly expanding nearby Houston. This was repeated in the first decade of the 21st century as a burgeoning Houston saw many of its residents preferring to settle in the "sleepy, semi-rural" environment of Conroe.
Oil is no longer the be-all-and-end-all of Conroe, and in fact the oil-based economy, once so evident in the City has been largely replaced with a healthy cross-section of commercial, government, educational, health services and retail businesses. Today the biggest employer is the Conroe Independent School District, having created some 5,700 jobs. Montgomery County has some 2,000 employees and the Conroe Regional Medical Center employs 1,200 people. The oil industry clocks in next with 1,150 staff. Tourism is on the increase too, with new accommodations and attractions adding monthly to jobs.
Lake Conroe is one of the big attractions in the City and is famous for its Carp fishing. Covering 22,000 acres, the lake offers many forms of recreation and entertainment from boating activities through to fine restaurants and night clubs. There is even a piano bar! For the complete guide to events, attractions and entertainment visit the Conroe Texas Convention & Visitors Bureau. And don't forget downtown Conroe with its wealth of attractions, that include arts and culture, historical places of interest, music and restaurants.