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ADDICKS, TEXAS
BEAR CREEK

Harris County, Texas Gulf Coast
Just north of I-10
9 Miles E of Katy
19 Miles W of Downtown Houston

Population: Unknown (Part of Houston)

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Addicks TX, Looking Into Barker Reservoir
Looking into Barker Reservoir
TE photo, March 2009
History in a Pecan Shell

Also known as Bear Creek, Bear Hill and Letitia.

Named in 1884 after Henry Addicks, the town's first postmaster, the community had actually been established years earlier by German immigrants. In 1891 the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad came through the area, although there had been a previous railroad that extended to Alleyton around the time of the Civil War. In 1879 the Bear Creek German Methodist Church was established.

Addicks and the tiny communities around it were destroyed in the 1900 hurricane that destroyed Galveston. After rebuilding, the population was still just a mere 25 people in the mid 1920s. In 1940, when construction began on the Addicks Reservoir, the town had a population of 200. Most homes were moved or demolished and the residents resettled nearby. The town was absorbed into the general population of Houston. The original settlers are interred in the Addicks Bear Creek Cemetery (Highway 6 and Patterson Road).
Bear Creek Methodist Church, Addicks TX
Bear Creek Methodist Church
TE photo, March 2009
Bear Creek Methodist Church and Cemetery, Addicks TX
Bear Creek Methodist Church and Cemetery Historical Marker
TE photo, March 2009
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Bear Creek Methodist Church and Cemetery

German immigrants settled in the area surrounding the junction of Langham and Bear Creeks in the 1840s. Settlers traveled to nearby churches for Sunday services until about 1879 when seven charter members established the Bear Creek German Methodist Church. The congregation initially met in members' homes. The church was subsequently made a mission of the Rose Hill Methodist Church near Tomball.

In 1890 a small church building was erected near the Hillendahl Family Cemetery. The site proved to be poorly drained and often inaccessible, and in 1902 the congregation moved the sanctuary here on three acres donated by Fred and Katherine Brandt. A part of the acreage was laid out as a cemetery. Christine Backen's burial in 1904 was the first recorded here. The cemetery is still active and is maintained by the Addicks Bear Creek Cemetery Association.

A summer storm destroyed the sanctuary in 1915 but by the end of that year a new church building had been erected. Area flooding in 1935 resulted in the construction of the nearby Addicks Reservoir in 1940 and the subsequent removal of the church to another site about 1.7 miles south of here. The congregation changed its name to Addicks United Methodist Church in 1968.
Bear Creek TX, Addicks Texas
Bear Creek. TE photo, March 2009
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Bear Creek Bridge, Addicks Texas
Bear Creek Bridge. TE photo, March 2009
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Addicks TX, Bike Path Around Barker Reservoir
Bike path around Barker Reservoir. TE photo, March 2009
Addicks TX, Bike Path
Bike path. TE photo, March 2009

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