Hockley, Texas

Coordinates: 30°01′37″N 95°50′40″W / 30.02694°N 95.84444°W / 30.02694; -95.84444
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Location of Hockley, Texas
Location of Hockley, Texas

Hockley is an unincorporated community located in Harris County, Texas, on Texas State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 290, about five miles southeast of the city hall of Waller, and 36 mi (57.9 km) northwest of downtown Houston.[1]

The community serves as the main hub for railway traffic serving Houston, Austin, and many parts of Central Texas. The Southern Pacific (now known as Union Pacific) rail line is one of the community's major employers. The community is surrounded by grain farms and cattle ranches.[2] The ZIP Code for Hockley is 77447.[3]


George Washington Hockley established Hockley in 1835.[1] In 1906, a salt dome was discovered near Hockley and mined, especially for salt.[4]


In September 2008, Hewlett-Packard acquired 97 acres (39 ha) of land near Hockley in a proposed 389-acre (157 ha) industrial park planned by John Beeson of Beeson Properties and Monzer Hourani of Medistar Corp. It paid an undisclosed sum to Beeson and Hourani, the land's previous owners. Hewlett Packard's proposed $250 million facility would be near the intersection of Betka Road and U.S. Highway 290, in close proximity to the Harris County-Waller County line, 18 miles (29 km) from HP's main greater Houston offices, and northwest of the city of Houston.[5]

Infrastructure and government[edit]

Hockley is located in Harris County Precinct 3; as of 2008, Steve Radack serves as the head of the precinct.[6]

The United States Postal Service operates the Hockley Post Office at 17210 Warren Ranch Road.[7]

Parks and recreation[edit]

The county operates the Hockley Community Center at 28515 Old Washington Road. In 1982, the county bought 24 acres (97,000 m2) of land for a maintenance center and a community center. Bob Eckels, then the commissioner of Precinct 3, got a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Hermes Reed Hindman – Architects, Inc. developed the building and AIA Engineers and Contractors, Inc. served as the contractor. Construction ended in 1986.[8]

The county operates Hockley Park at 28515 Old Washington Road at the community center site.[9]


Hockley is within the Waller Independent School District.

Schools serving Hockley include:

Rosehill Christian School now located in the Rose Hill area, was first founded in Hockley in 1989.[10]

Notable residents[edit]

Hockley is home to eight-time world-champion calf roper Fred Whitfield. He is the first African-American to win the world championship and was also named the PRCA All Around Champion in 1999.[11][12] It is also the location of legendary racecar driver A. J. Foyt's ranch.


  1. ^ a b Hockley, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online
  2. ^ Viggiano, Brooke (April 21, 2021). "5 Must Do Things Around Hockley". 365 Things to Do in Houston. Retrieved May 16, 2022.
  3. ^ "Hockley ZIP Code". zipdatamaps.com. 2022. Retrieved November 11, 2022.
  4. ^ Canada, W. R. (1962). "Hockley Field, Harris County, Texas". Typical Oil and Gas Fields of Southeast Texas. Houston Geological Society. pp. 76–79.
  5. ^ Dawson, Jennifer. "HP heads to Hockley with land deal." Houston Business Journal. Sunday October 26, 2008. Retrieved on February 14, 2011.
  6. ^ "Community Centers : Hockley." Harris County. Accessed October 14, 2008.
  7. ^ "Post Office Location - HOCKLEY." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 4, 2008.
  8. ^ "Hockley : History." Harris County. Accessed October 14, 2008.
  9. ^ "Hockley Recreational Complex." Harris County Precinct Three. Accessed October 27, 2008.
  10. ^ Santana, Tamra (January 10, 2017). "Tomball-area prep schools continue building for growth". The Potpourri (Tomball edition) at the Houston Chronicle. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  11. ^ "Journal." Fred Whitfield. Accessed October 27, 2008.
  12. ^ "Biography." Fred Whitfield. Accessed October 27, 2008.

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