Prior to 1837, Montgomery was a trading post located a mile north of the present
site. Owen and Margaret Montgomery Shannon, colonists with Stephen F. Austin, had
settled on their grant of land and traded with the Indians.
In its early days, Montgomery was the trade center for a large farming area, where
stagecoach, railroad and telegraph lines crossed.
The Lone Star Flag of Texas was a product of the vision of Dr. Charles Bellinger
Stewart, a resident of the city of Montgomery. Serving as the first Secretary of State
for the Republic of Texas, he was the first to sign the Texas Declaration of
Independence on March 2, 1836.
President Mirabeau B. Lamar appointed a committee to create an official flag for
the Republic and Dr. Stewart was asked to create a draft for a flag. The sketch was on
vellum featuring three rectangles of equal size, one vertical and the other two
horizontal. In the vertical he placed a lone star. The red, white and blue of the
Lone Star Flag of Texas stand for bravery, purity and loyalty.
The committee approved this design and the design for the state seal, which Stewart
had also designed. President Mirabeau B. Lamar approved both on January 25, 1839.
One Hundred and Sixty Four years later, growing faster than the mind can imagine,
yet still small in size, the city of Montgomery offers residents and visitors alike a
vast number of exciting and enjoyable experiences. From the Antique shops of down town
Montgomery, the unspoiled beauty of the Sam Houston National Forest, a true golfers
paradise with over 228 holes in Montgomery County, to Lake Conroe covering 22,000
acres, (noted as “Houston's Playground”), there is something here for everyone.
Whether looking for your first home or looking for the place to retire, Montgomery
will be that exciting place to call your home.