New Caney is an Unincorporated community in Montgomery County, Texas, United States within the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. As of 2010, the population of the New Caney area is 19,987.
New Caney was established in 1862 under the name Presswood, named for pioneers Austin and Sarah Waters Presswood. Captain John Robertson and other settlers followed, and cattle ranches, mills, and stores were opened along Caney Creek. In 1877, the town received a railroad from the East and West Texas Railway, and Caney Station became a shipping point for imports and exports, bringing more business to the area. In 1882, Presswood received its first post office, registered under the name New Caney, as the name Caney already was in use by another Texas town. This development led to the name of Presswood falling out of use, as New Caney became the preferred term.
In 1884, the population of New Caney was sixty people. By 1892, it had grown to 150 residents and was able to support several general stores. Throughout the 20th century, the community continued to expand.
Government and infrastructure
The New Caney area is administered by Montgomery County Commissioner, Precinct 4. The current County Commissioner is James Metts.
In the Texas Senate, New Caney is in District 4, represented by Republican Brandon Creighton. In the Texas House of Representatives, part of New Caney is in District 3, represented by Republican Cecil Bell Jr. The rest of New Caney is in District 16, represented by Republican Will Metcalf.
In the United States Senate, the entire state is represented by John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. In the United States House of Representatives, New Caney is in District 8, represented by Republican Kevin Brady.
The New Caney Independent School District area joined the North Harris Montgomery Community College District, now Lone Star College, area in 1981. The Texas Legislature designated New Caney ISD as part of Lone Star.
- Shawn Barber - Olympic pole vaulter (Originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico).
- Robert L. Crippen (Captain, US Navy, Ret.) - NASA Astronaut (former) - Originally from Beaumont, Texas
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, New Caney has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
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