Cut and Shoot, Texas

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Cut and Shoot, Texas
The City Hall of Cut and Shoot, Texas
The City Hall of Cut and Shoot, Texas
Location of Cut and Shoot, Texas
Location of Cut and Shoot, Texas
Coordinates: 30°20′14″N 95°21′46″W / 30.33722°N 95.36278°W / 30.33722; -95.36278Coordinates: 30°20′14″N 95°21′46″W / 30.33722°N 95.36278°W / 30.33722; -95.36278
Country United States
State Texas
County Montgomery
 • Aldermen James M. (Mike) Berry
Cliff Todhunter
Tom Robinson
Belinda Lou Faulkner
John Winters
 • Total 2.7 sq mi (7.0 km2)
 • Land 2.7 sq mi (7.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 190 ft (58 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,070
 • Density 396.3/sq mi (152.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes 77303, 77306
Area code(s) 936
FIPS code 48-18260[2]
GNIS feature ID 1381207[3]

As a municipality incorporated in 1969, Cut and Shoot is a city in eastern Montgomery County, Texas, United States, about 6 miles east of Conroe and 40 miles north of Houston. Until 2006, Cut and Shoot was considered and called a "town". Then, the town council elected for it to be considered and referred to as a "city". The population was 1,070 at the 2010 census.[4]


According to one local legend, Cut and Shoot was named after a 1912 community confrontation that almost led to violence. According to differing versions of the story, the dispute was either over:[5]

  • The design of a new steeple for the town's only church,
  • The issue of who should be allowed to preach there, or
  • The conflicting land claims among church members.

Whatever the circumstances were, a small boy at the scene reportedly said he was scared and declared, "I'm going to cut around the corner and shoot through the bushes in a minute!" This statement apparently stayed in the residents' minds and was eventually adopted as the town's name.[6] It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.[7][8]


The town of Cut and Shoot gained fame when local boxer Roy Harris, a heavyweight contender, fought Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight title in 1958. Harris appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated[9] and was featured in LIFE.[10] So much mail was addressed to "Roy Harris, Cut and Shoot, Texas" that the U. S. Postal Service granted a franchise post office to the town.[11]

Population statistics were not reported for the community until the mid-1970s, when the number of residents was 50. By 1980, the incorporated community reported a population of 809, had a new city hall, and supported a school and several businesses.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town had a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20161,290[12]20.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

As of the 2010 United States Census,[4] there were 1,070 people, 371 households, and 289 families residing in the town. The population density was 396.3 people per square mile (152.9/km²).The racial makeup of the town was 87.2% White, 1.0% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian 8.2% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.0% of the population.

Out of 371 households, 77.9% are family households, 34.5% with children under 18 years. 63.6% were husband-wife families. Out of 371 households, 22.1% were non-family households, with 18.1% of householders living alone. The average household size was 2.88; the average family size was 3.23.

27.9% of the population is under the age of 18. 11.9% are over the age of 65. The median age is 37.1. 50.6% of the population is female.

As of 2000, The median income for a household in the town was $40,455, and the median income for a family was $47,404. Males had a median income of $36,719 versus $20,833 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,482. About 5.7% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 15.5% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Cut and Shoot is governed locally by an elected mayor and five at-large city council positions. The current Mayor is Nyla Akin Dalhaus. Current City Council members, also known as Aldermen, are James M. (Mike) Berry, Cliff Todhunter, Tom Robinson, Belinda Lou Faulkner, and John Winters.[1]

For the Texas Senate, 87% of Cut and Shoot is in District 3, represented by Republican Robert Nichols. The other 13% is in District 4, represented by Republican Brandon Creighton. For the Texas House of Representatives, Cut and Shoot is in District 16, represented by Republican Will Metcalf.[14]

For the United States Senate, Republicans John Cornyn and Ted Cruz represent the entire state. For the United States House of Representatives, Cut and Shoot is in District 8, represented by Kevin Brady.[14]

The City of Cut and Shoot is one of the very few statewide municipalities that has no ad valorem property tax within its city limits. The only tax based city income is from a 1% sales tax on taxable goods and services within the city limits.[citation needed]

The United States Postal Service Cut and Shoot Post Office is located at 13985 Texas State Highway 105 East.[15]

Cut And Shoot includes Groceville, an unincorporated populated place.[16][17]


Cut and Shoot is within the Conroe Independent School District and the Lone Star College System (formerly North Harris Montgomery Community College District).

Schools serving Cut and Shoot include Austin Elementary School,[18] Grangerland Intermediate School,[19][20] Moorhead Junior High School,[20][21] and Caney Creek High School[20][22]

Notable persons[edit]


  1. ^ a b Montgomery County Elections Montgomery County. Accessed on June 18, 2017.
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ a b American Fact Finder: Cut and Shoot United States Census Bureau, 2010. Accessed on June 18, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Handbook of Texas Online (12 June 2010). "CUT AND SHOOT, TEXAS". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "HOW CUT AND SHOOT GOT ITS NAME". City of Cut And Shoot, Texas. 10 August 2006. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  7. ^ Parker, Quentin (2010). Welcome to Horneytown, North Carolina, Population: 15: An insider's guide to 201 of the world's weirdest and wildest places. Adams Media. pp. ix. 
  8. ^ Birnbach, Lisa; Marx, Patricia; Hodgman, Ann (14 May 2002). 1,003 Great Things About America. Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 165. ISBN 978-0-7407-2949-2. 
  9. ^ Kane, Martin. The Fight That Changed Two Faces Sports Illustrated: September 1st, 1958. Accessed on June 18, 2017.
  10. ^ Cut and Shoot: Good Place to Come From LIFE Magazine: Aug 11, 1958, pgs. 59-60. Accessed on June 18, 2017.
  11. ^ Montgomery, Robin, and Roy Harris. (17 November 2012).Roy Harris of Cut and Shoot: Texas Backwoods Battler. iUniverse: 2012, pgs. 261-2. ISBN 978-1-4759-6068-6.
  12. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b Who Represents Me. Texas Legislative Council. Accessed on June 18, 2017.
  15. ^ "Post Office Location - CUT AND SHOOT Archived 2009-08-04 at the Wayback Machine.." zip: 77306-5454 United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 8, 2008.
  16. ^ Groceville at Histopolis.
  17. ^ Caney Creek, Texas State Historical Association.
  18. ^ "Conroe Independent School District Conroe Elementary Feeder Map School Year 2010-2011." Conroe Independent School District. Retrieved on January 20, 2011.
  19. ^ "Conroe Independent School District Conroe Intermediate Feeder Map School Year 2010-2011." Conroe Independent School District. Retrieved on January 20, 2011.
  20. ^ a b c "Conroe Independent School District Caney Creek High School, Junior High School and Intermediate Feeder Map School Year 2010-2011 Archived 2011-07-23 at the Wayback Machine.." Conroe Independent School District. Retrieved on January 20, 2011.
  21. ^ "Conroe Independent School District Conroe Junior High Feeder Map School Year 2010-2011." Conroe Independent School District. Retrieved on January 20, 2011.
  22. ^ "Conroe Independent School District Conroe High Feeder Map School Year 2010-2011." Conroe Independent School District. Retrieved on January 20, 2011.
  23. ^ Debra Sue Maffett IMDB. Accessed on June 18, 2017.
  24. ^ Montgomery, Roy Harris and Robin (17 November 2012). Roy Harris of Cut and Shoot: Texas Backwoods Battler. iUniverse. p. 19. ISBN 978-1-4759-6068-6. 

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