Klein, Texas

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Klein, Texas
Klein Post Office
Klein Post Office
Klein is located in Texas
Klein
Klein
Klein is located in the United States
Klein
Klein
Coordinates: 30°02′46″N 95°32′09″W / 30.04615°N 95.53591°W / 30.04615; -95.53591Coordinates: 30°02′46″N 95°32′09″W / 30.04615°N 95.53591°W / 30.04615; -95.53591
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyHarris
Elevation
140 ft (40 m)
Population
200,805
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)713, 281, 832

Klein is a city in Harris County, Texas, United States, roughly bordering Texas State Highway 99 to the north, Texas State Highway 249 to the west, Interstate 45 to the east, and the city of Houston to the south. It includes the entire area of Klein ISD. Residents of the zip codes 77066, 77069, 77086, 77379, 77388, 77389 and 77391 can use Klein as their postal city.[1] Klein is one of the most diverse, as well as being one of the largest unincorporated areas of Houston.

It is named after Adam Klein, a German immigrant whose best-known great-great-grandson is singer Lyle Lovett. Other famous sons and daughters of the Klein community include actor Jim Parsons, actor Lee Pace, actor Matthew Bomer, actress Lynn Collins, actress Sherry Stringfield, singer/songwriter Derek Webb, songwriter Aaron Tate, singer/songwriter Chase Hamblin, actor Ben Rappaport, Major League Baseball players David Murphy and Josh Barfield, NFL players Randy Bullock, Ashton Youboty, Mike Green (running back), and Olympic gold medalists Laura Wilkinson, Simone Biles, and Chad Hedrick as well as Kevin M. Klein chef and restaurateur [2]

Klein is served by David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport, one of just a few privately owned airports in the U.S. to have a Federal Aviation Administration control tower, and home to Civil Air Patrol's Delta Composite Squadron.

Geography[edit]

Klein has a Humid subtropical climate with a 9a Hardiness zone. The area is susceptible to hurricanes and flooding.

The area serves as a fringe ecocline boundary between the Piney Woods, southern post oak savanna, and prairie land as an extension of the Western Gulf coastal grasslands.

Much of the original ecosystem had been cleared for farming. Since then, the community has been rapidly built up by subdivisions, businesses, and mixed land use — and thus very little of the area represents its native ecosystem.

Most of the core Klein area sits between Spring Creek to the north, separating Tomball to the northwest by Willow Creek, and Cypress Creek is the waterway that passes through the center of the greater Klein area. Both these creeks are tributaries to lower Spring Creek (Harris County, Texas) and ultimately Lake Houston.

Parcels along Cypress Creek contain a mix of older undisturbed bottomland forest, private residence, and well-maintained bike trails through public parks.

Prairie-like stretches of oak (Quercus virginiana) and various hardwoods, draped in Spanish moss, are present in and around the Raveneaux Country Club, Klein High School, as well as in public spaces such as Meyer Park.

The Klein Kissing Tree is in Klein. In April 2020 the Texas A&M Forest Service designated it as one of several historic "kissing trees" in the state.[3]

Flora[edit]

A well-preserved oxbow lake habitat can be found in the Ponderosa Walking Park. Dwarf palmetto Sabal minor and southern magnolia Magnolia grandiflora trees are found in the understory and near the edges of bodies of water and swamps, as well as bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), water oak (Quercus nigra), and black tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) all being present.

Fauna[edit]

Reptiles from common species like the Red-ear slider turtle, and green anole (Anolis carolinensis), American green tree frog, to more precarious species such as the venomous Texas coral snake Micrurus tener, and the American alligator.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Local government[edit]

The Klein Volunteer Fire Department, headquartered at 16810 Sqyures and operates with eight stations, serves areas considered to be Klein.[4] KVFD stations in areas with Klein postal addresses. Klein FD is funded by Harris County ESD 16.

Klein FD is operated under a Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, 2 District Chiefs and 3 Safety Officers.

Klein FD station locations.

Station 31 at 18337 Stuebner-Airline Road. Engine 31, Tower 31, Tanker 31. Reserve Engine 39

Station 32 is at Gladebrook and West FM 1960. Engine 32, Ladder 32, Utility 32

Station 33 at 9755 Landry Boulevard Engine 33, Rescue 33, Tanker 33

Station 34 at 16810 Squyres Road. Engine 34, Rescue 34, Squad 34, Reserve Engine 38

Station 35 at Boudreaux near Miramar Lake Blvd. Engine 35, Rehab 35, Booster 35

Station 36 at N. Eldridge Parkway at North Point Blvd. Engine 36, Ladder 36, Booster 36

Station 37 at 5518 Winding Ridge Drive. Engine 37, Equipment 37, Utility 37[5][6]

County, state, and federal representation[edit]

Klein is within Harris County Precinct 4.[7] As of 2015, R. Jack Cagle is the Precinct 4 County Commissioner.

The community is served by the Harris County Sheriff's Office District I Patrol,[8] headquartered from the Cypresswood Substation at 6831 Cypresswood Drive.[9]

The Harris Health System (formerly Harris County Hospital District) designated the Acres Homes Health Center for the ZIP code 77379. The designated public hospital is Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital in northeast Houston.[10]

Dan Crenshaw is the U.S. Representative for the 2nd Congressional District serving Klein, Texas. State Representative Valoree Swanson represents the 150th legislative district. The United States Postal Service operates the Klein Post Office at 7717 Louetta Road.[11]

Education[edit]

Klein ISD Annex

The Klein community is primarily served by the Klein Independent School District. However a few minuscule portions of Klein are served by the Spring ISD and the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.

The Klein ISD area joined the North Harris Montgomery Community College District (now Lone Star College) in 1998.[12] The Texas Legislature designated Klein ISD a part of the Lone Star College district.[13]

Demographics[edit]

The 2016 estimate for the Klein area was 200,805 people. The racial makeup of the town was 46.3 percent White, 32.4 percent Black, 0.6 percent Native American, 14.8 percent Asian, 0.1 percent Pacific Islander, 5.8 percent from other races. Persons of Hispanic origin, regardless of race, accounted for 28.9 percent of the population. About 27.7% of families live below the poverty line.

Black Americans have been well represented in the Kohrville community dating back since the Reconstruction era. Kohrville school served the area up until 1928, when students were consolidated into to Rural High School District Number One, which eventually became Klein High School.

Parks and recreation[edit]

Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner operates the 7-acre (28,000 m2) Klein Park. The park has four lighted athletic ball fields and toilet facilities.[14]

Meyer Park, a 40-acre park, which straddles Cypresswood Road has 38 multiple-sized soccer fields for different age groups. The park also has 4 baseball fields, a playground, a dog park, toilet facilities, and pavilions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Klein ISD: Call areas within boundary Klein | Community Impact Newspaper". Community Impact Newspaper. 2016-02-10. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  2. ^ http://www.kleinalumni.com/FamousAlumni.asp
  3. ^ Dansby, Andrew (2020-05-15). "A living legend: Klein's Kissing Tree the latest to earn historic designation". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  4. ^ "Contact Us Archived 2008-10-23 at the Wayback Machine." Klein Volunteer Fire Department. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  5. ^ "Stations Archived 2008-05-09 at the Wayback Machine." Klein Volunteer Fire Department. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  6. ^ "Station 33 Archived 2008-05-09 at the Wayback Machine." Klein Volunteer Fire Department. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  7. ^ "Parks Map Archived 2008-07-23 at the Wayback Machine." Harris County Precinct 4. Retrieved on November 22, 2008.
  8. ^ District I Map Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine. Harris County Sheriff's Office. Retrieved on November 23, 2008.
  9. ^ "District I Patrol." Harris County Sheriff's Office. Retrieved on November 23, 2008.
  10. ^ "Clinic/Emergency/Registration Center Directory By ZIP Code". Harris County Hospital District. 2001-11-19. Retrieved 2021-04-08. - See ZIP code 77379. See this map for relevant ZIP code.
  11. ^ "Post Office Location - KLEIN." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  12. ^ "History." North Harris Montgomery Community College District. December 22, 2002. Retrieved on April 5, 2010.
  13. ^ Texas Education Code, Sec. 130.191. LONE STAR COLLEGE SYSTEM DISTRICT SERVICE AREA.
  14. ^ "Klein Park." Harris County Precinct 4. Retrieved on November 11, 2009.

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