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Crosby, Texas

Coordinates: 29°54′38″N 95°03′39″W / 29.910577°N 95.060882°W / 29.910577; -95.060882
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Crosby, Texas
Location in Harris County and the state of Texas
Location in Harris County and the state of Texas
Coordinates: 29°54′38″N 95°3′39″W / 29.91056°N 95.06083°W / 29.91056; -95.06083
CountryUnited States
 • Total2.3 sq mi (5.9 km2)
 • Land2.3 sq mi (5.9 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
46 ft (14 m)
 • Total3,417
 • Density1,500/sq mi (580/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code281
FIPS code48-17756[1]
GNIS feature ID1355392[2]

Crosby is a census-designated place in Harris County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,417 at the 2020 census.[3]


The site north of U.S. Route 90 (according to some) was an encampment nicknamed Lick Skillet in 1823 by Humphrey Jackson, one of the 300 original colonists to settle Texas.[4] The name "Lick Skillet" came from the phrase, "The East Texas oxen team drivers sipped the spring sweet water and licked their skillets clean."[citation needed]

Humphrey Jackson (1784–1833)[5] moved to Texas from Louisiana in September 1823 and built a log cabin outside Austin's colony on the San Jacinto River, 0.5 miles (800 m) west of the site of present-day Crosby. On August 16, 1824, the Baron de Bastrop granted him title to a league and a labor of land, including the place where he had settled, in what is now Harris County. Jackson next petitioned the Mexican government to form the San Jacinto District under control of the Austin colony; he was elected alcalde of the new district in 1824, 1825, and 1827, and served as ex officio militia captain of the San Jacinto area. Jackson was buried at Crosby. Jackson's Bayou in eastern Harris County is probably named for him.

In 1860, the town was named Gentry after President of the Sabine and Galveston Bay Railroad and Lumber Company, A. M. Gentry who constructed the 41 miles of railroad from Houston to Liberty in what was called the Texas and New Orleans Railroad, Texas Division.[6] The first general store was built in 1865 by Charlie Karcher, and thereafter the town would become a shipping and retail center for lumber and agricultural products.

The railroad was eventually taken over by the Southern Pacific Railroad and rebuilt. The platform which had been built with a sign showing the name "Gentry" [7][8][9] was located and a new depot built. In 1877, the town was renamed by former judge, state representative, legislator, and Vice President of the railroad, Josiah Frasier Crosby, and a post office was established. By 1884 Crosby reported a population of 50, a school, a Baptist church, and a general store. In 1905 it had one school with four teachers and 122 students. As of 1929, the population was about 600, but the Great Depression reduced this number by half.[10] World War II brought the population to over 900, and the population continued to grow.

For a brief 19 days in 1953 (from December 19 to 31), the town of Crosby briefly changed the name to Hope, Texas in order to partake in a contest conducted by comedian Bob Hope. Reported in a news transcript from WBAP-TV in Fort Worth, Texas; "Hope recently announced that he would like to have a pretty girl from every city in the nation named Hope to appear on his television show next Tuesday. Maine, Rhode Island, Michigan, Kansas and Indiana are sending representatives, so the folks in Crosby decided they'de [sic] get into the act. The result: they changed the town's name to Hope and set about naming a queen. The town will keep its new name until New Years Day, then it will become Crosby, Texas, again."[11]


Map of Crosby CDP

Crosby is located at 29°54′38″N 95°03′39″W / 29.910577°N 95.060882°W / 29.910577; -95.060882 (29.910577, −95.060882).[12]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2), all land, which is located north of the historical Barrett Station.[13]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Crosby has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[14]


Crosby racial composition as of 2020[15]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 1,497 43.81%
Black or African American (NH) 299 8.75%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 6 0.18%
Asian (NH) 24 0.7%
Pacific Islander (NH) 1 0.03%
Some Other Race (NH) 6 0.18%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 118 3.45%
Hispanic or Latino 1,466 42.9%
Total 3,417

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,417 people, 1,026 households, and 579 families residing in the CDP. As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 2,299 people. As of the 2000 census, there were 662 households, and 464 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 758.2 people per square mile (292.8/km,2). There were 743 housing units at an average density of 328.7 per square mile (126.9/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 74.15% White, 12.72% African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 10.79% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.38% of the population.

There were 666 households, out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 28.2% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 100 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $35,508, and the median income for a family was $41,458. Males had a median income of $37,244 versus $25,500 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,851. About 9.2% of families and 13.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.7% of those under age 18 and 20.1% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The community is within Harris County Precinct 2. As of 2021 Commissioner Adrian Garcia is the head of the precinct. The precinct operates the Crosby Community Center at 409 Hare Road.[18]

The community is served by the Harris County Sheriff's Office.[19]

Harris Health System (formerly Harris County Hospital District) designated Baytown Health Center in Baytown for ZIP code 77532. The nearest public hospital is Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital in northeast Houston.[20]

Harris County Eastgate Cemetery, which started operations in 2014, is a potter's field operated by the county.[21] It is near the CDP and has a Crosby postal address.[22]

Crosby Volunteer Fire Department[edit]

Crosby Volunteer Fire Department
Agency overview
Fire chiefAlan Kulak
MottoOur Family Helping Your Family Since 1942
Facilities and equipment
Stations5 (6 including the original Station 1, no longer in active service)

Crosby Volunteer Fire Department, funded by Harris County Emergency Services District #80, was formed in 1942. Their official website is crosbyvfd.org.

Mission statement[edit]

The Crosby Volunteer Fire Department is dedicated to protecting life and property by providing effective public education, fire prevention and emergency services.

Protection area[edit]

Crosby Volunteer Fire Department protects the unincorporated communities of Crosby and Barrett Station, Texas. The district consists of 102.8 square miles (266 km2) and 30,000 people approximately 22 miles (35 km) east-northeast of Houston. The protection area is split into two response districts covered by five stations staffed entirely by volunteers from the community.

Parks and recreation[edit]

Crosby Park and Crosby Community Center are located at 419 Hare Road. It is a 46 acres (190,000 m2) facility with two lighted baseball fields, two lighted soccer fields maintained by Crosby Youth Soccer Club.[23] two lighted tennis courts, one basketball pavilion, a playground, paved trail of 0.726 miles (1.2 km), picnic tables, barbecue grills, a barbecue pavilion, and restrooms.

The Barrett Station/Riley Chambers Community Center is located at 808 Magnolia Ave. Facilities include restrooms, picnic, playground, trails, open shelter, basketball, baseball, riding arena, and football fields.[24]

Crosby Sports Complex is located at 8600 Miller-Wilson Road. It is a facility of 12 acres (49,000 m2) with two lighted softball fields, four lighted baseball fields, picnic tables, and restrooms. Crosby Sports Complex softball fields are maintained by the Crosby Sports Association.[25]


Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Crosby students attend school in the Crosby Independent School District.

Most of the CDP itself is zoned to Crosby Elementary School and Newport Elementary School, while some portions are zoned to Barrett Elementary School.[26][27]

Public schools serving all of Crosby ISD include Crosby Kindergarten Center, Drew Intermediate, Crosby Middle School, and Crosby High School.

According to the Texas Education Agency AEIS report in 2007–2008, Crosby ISD served 4,855 students in ZIP code 77532. 21% were African-American, 22.2% Hispanic, 56.1% White, 0.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian.

Private schools[edit]

The Crosby International Academy serving K – 12th, the Crosby Christian Academy serving infants – elementary, and Sacred Heart Catholic School are in Crosby.

Colleges and universities[edit]

Residents of Crosby ISD (and therefore Crosby) are zoned to Lee College.[28]

Public libraries[edit]

Crosby is served by the Crosby Branch of Harris County Public Library, adjacent to and outside of the CDP.[29]

Notable person[edit]



Harris County Transit operates public transportation.[33]


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  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Crosby CDP, Texas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2012.
  4. ^ "Arkema Inc. Crosby, TX". Archived from the original on August 25, 2006. Retrieved September 12, 2006.
  5. ^ "TSHA | Jackson, Humphrey". www.tshaonline.org.
  6. ^ Cook Cole, Edith Fae (January 1, 1992). Crosby's heritage preserved, 1823-1949: A good town today, a better town tomorrow. Crosby, Texas: Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce Historical Committee.
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  11. ^ "[News Script: Bing embarassed [sic], replaced by Hope]". texashistory.unt.edu. WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.). December 13, 1953. Retrieved August 7, 2023.
  12. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
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  14. ^ "Crosby, Texas Köppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". Weatherbase.
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  16. ^ "Census.gov". Census.gov.
  17. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  18. ^ "Community Centers Archived 2007-07-20 at the Wayback Machine." Harris County Precinct 4. Retrieved on November 22, 2008.
  19. ^ "Index—Harris County Texas Sheriff's Office". www.harriscountyso.org.
  20. ^ "Clinic/Emergency/Registration Center Directory By ZIP Code". Harris County Hospital District. November 19, 2001. Archived from the original on November 19, 2001. Retrieved April 8, 2021. - See ZIP code 77532. See this map for relevant ZIP code.
  21. ^ Brown, Nate (June 23, 2014). "New cemetery for indigent burials opens". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved November 20, 2023.
  22. ^ "About Us Harris County Community Services Department". Harris County Government. Archived from the original on December 3, 2020. Retrieved November 20, 2023. Burial is provided at the Harris County Cemetery, at 21122 Crosby Eastgate Road. - The cemetery referred to here is the new one in the Crosby area, and not the old one on Oates Road.
    Compare to: "2020 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Crosby CDP, TX" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 20, 2023. - The cemetery is not in the boundaries of the CDP.
  23. ^ "CROSBY YOUTH SOCCER CLUB a subsidiary of East Lake Houston Youth Soccer Association Let's have FUN, LEARN, GROW...TOGETHER!". CROSBY YOUTH SOCCER CLUB a subsidiary of East Lake Houston Youth Soccer Association Let's have FUN, LEARN, GROW...TOGETHER!.
  24. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 21, 2007. Retrieved March 9, 2007.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  25. ^ "Crosby Sports Association". Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved March 9, 2007.
  26. ^ Res Map CORRECTED August 2016.pdf Boundary map[permanent dead link]. Crosby Independent School District. Retrieved on November 7, 2018.
  27. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Crosby CDP, TX." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on November 7, 2018.
  28. ^ Texas Education Code, Sec. 130.186. LEE COLLEGE DISTRICT SERVICE AREA.
  29. ^ "Crosby CDP, TX[permanent dead link]." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on October 17, 2009.
  30. ^ "Star-Courier News". Star-Courier News.
  31. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 18, 2017. Retrieved July 12, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  32. ^ "Humble/Kingwood".
  33. ^ "Routes / Maps." Harris County Transit. Retrieved on January 15, 2010.
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[16][17]

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