Montgomery, Texas
Montgomery is a city located in Montgomery County, Texas
Montgomery County, Texas
Montgomery County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. The county was created by an act of the Congress of the Republic of Texas on December 14, 1837. The county was named for the town of Montgomery, Texas. In 2000, its...

. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 489. It is the birthplace of the Lone Star Flag of Texas.


The town of Montgomery was founded in the middle of the Lake Creek Settlement by W. W. Shepperd in July, 1837 on 200 acre (0.809372 km²) of land that had originally been part of the John Corner League. Shepperd had established the first store in the Lake Creek Settlement in 1835. W. W. Shepperd and his partner John Wyatt Moody named the town Montgomery. John Wyatt Moody was the First Auditor of the Republic of Texas
Republic of Texas
The Republic of Texas was an independent nation in North America, bordering the United States and Mexico, that existed from 1836 to 1846.Formed as a break-away republic from Mexico by the Texas Revolution, the state claimed borders that encompassed an area that included all of the present U.S...

 and had lived in Alabama where he was the County Clerk of Montgomery County, Alabama before coming to Texas. The town of Montgomery, Texas was named after Montgomery County, Alabama
Montgomery County, Alabama
Montgomery County is a county in the U.S. state of Alabama. It is the most populous county in the Montgomery Metropolitan Statistical Area; its population in 2010 was 229,363 .- History :...

 which was named after Lemuel P. Montgomery
Lemuel P. Montgomery
Lemuel Purnell Montgomery was an American military officer who fought in the Creek War. Montgomery was an attorney in Nashville, Tennessee when the War of 1812 broke out, and was commissioned as a major of the 39th Infantry. Montgomery was killed in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend on March 27, 1814...

 who was killed in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend (1814). Montgomery became the first county seat of Montgomery County shortly after the county was created on December 14, 1837.


Montgomery is located at 30°23'22" North, 95°41'53" West (30.389406, -95.698089).

According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
The United States Census Bureau is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census. It also gathers other national demographic and economic data...

, the city has a total area of 4.6 square miles (11.9 km²). 4.5 square miles (11.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square mile (0.258998811 km²) of it is water. The total area is 1.31% water.


As of the census
A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common...

of 2000, there are 489 people, 199 households, and 133 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 is 108.3 people per square mile (41.9/km²). There are 243 housing units at an average density of 53.8 per square mile (20.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 48.51% White, 49.42% African American, 1.02% Native American, 0.00% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 1.43% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. 4.09% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 199 households out of which 31.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.7% are married couples
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 16.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% are non-families. 30.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.46 and the average family size is 3.08.

In the city the population is spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $37,708, and the median income for a family is $38,611. Males have a median income of $31,719 versus $21,786 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
Per capita income or income per person is a measure of mean income within an economic aggregate, such as a country or city. It is calculated by taking a measure of all sources of income in the aggregate and dividing it by the total population...

 for the city is $17,043. 11.7% of the population and 9.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 8.8% of those under the age of 18 and 8.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Government and infrastructure

The United States Postal Service
United States Postal Service
The United States Postal Service is an independent agency of the United States government responsible for providing postal service in the United States...

 operates the Montgomery Post Office at 821H Eva Street (Texas State Highway 105) and the Montgomery Post Office Annex at 21359 Eva Street.


Montgomery is a part of the Montgomery Independent School District
Montgomery Independent School District
Montgomery Independent School District is a public school district based in Montgomery, Texas .In 2009, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.-Schools:*Montgomery High...


Montgomery County Memorial Library System
Montgomery County Memorial Library System
Montgomery County Memorial Library System is a public library system in Montgomery County, Texas, United States.The system operates libraries in several Montgomery County cities and areas.-History:...

 operates the Charles B. Stewart West Branch at 202 Bessie Price Owen Drive.


Ling-Chieh "Louis" Kung, the nephew of Soong May-ling
Soong May-ling
Soong May-ling or Soong Mei-ling, also known as Madame Chiang Kai-shek or Madame Chiang was a First Lady of the Republic of China , the wife of Generalissimo and President Chiang Kai-shek. She was a politician and painter...

, built an underground bunker in Montgomery, which was completed in 1982. Kung took money that he made from the success of the Westland Oil Development Corp. in the 1970s and used it to build the bunker, since he feared that the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
The Soviet Union , officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics , was a constitutionally socialist state that existed in Eurasia between 1922 and 1991....

 or the People's Republic of China
People's Republic of China
China , officially the People's Republic of China , is the most populous country in the world, with over 1.3 billion citizens. Located in East Asia, the country covers approximately 9.6 million square kilometres...

 would launch nuclear weapons towards the United States. Kung bought hundreds of acres of cow pasture on the outskirts of Montgomery and secretly began building the bunker. The two story, 40000 square foot bunker could house at least 700 people; Kung intended to have the bunker house his employees, their families, and others in case of a two month emergency. Melanie Trottmann of The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal
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stated that the bunker "was a source of intrigue and gossip for the town of Montgomery." After the oil bust in the 1980s, Kung lost the title to the property; Kung died in 1996. Trottman said that the bunker "sat frozen in time" until a group of investors bought the property. In 2003 the investors hired Westlin Corp. to head efforts to convert the bunker into a rental site for data storage. Trottman said that the interest in the storage space was initially "lukewarm" when the owners of the bunker began leasing space in early 2005. The aftermaths of Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina
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 and Hurricane Rita
Hurricane Rita
Hurricane Rita was the fourth-most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded and the most intense tropical cyclone ever observed in the Gulf of Mexico. Rita caused $11.3 billion in damage on the U.S. Gulf Coast in September 2005...

 prompted many companies along the Gulf of Mexico
Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf of Mexico is a partially landlocked ocean basin largely surrounded by the North American continent and the island of Cuba. It is bounded on the northeast, north and northwest by the Gulf Coast of the United States, on the southwest and south by Mexico, and on the southeast by Cuba. In...

 to find space for emergency data storage. By 2006 the number of tenants went from around 25 to 50. Continental Airlines
Continental Airlines
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 became the largest tenant in the facility; Continental decided that it needed a safer place to manage its flight operations in case it has to evacuate Continental Center I
Continental Center I
Continental Center I is a 51-story, office tower in Downtown Houston, Texas, United States. The building houses offices of Continental Airlines, and it was Continental's headquarters prior to its merger with United Airlines. At one point it also served as the headquarters of ExpressJet Airlines...

, its headquarters in Downtown Houston
Downtown Houston
Downtown Houston is the largest business district of Houston, Texas, United States. Downtown Houston, the city's central business district, contains the headquarters of many prominent companies. There is an extensive network of pedestrian tunnels and skywalks connecting the buildings of the district...

. The other tenants include Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and several medical companies from the city of Houston and the state of Louisiana
Louisiana is a state located in the southern region of the United States of America. Its capital is Baton Rouge and largest city is New Orleans. Louisiana is the only state in the U.S. with political subdivisions termed parishes, which are local governments equivalent to counties...


Montgomery Westland was acquired by Pudge Properties in April 2007. The partners have invested over $30M in campus improvements. The partnership has committed to develop the campus into one of the most secure Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Centers in the United States.

The Montgomery Westland facility sits on 52 acres in Montgomery Texas. The property is secured by 24 hour guard, completely fenced, total camera surveillance and biometric-card key access. Montgomery Westland is located approximately 40 minutes from Houston, 100 miles (160.9 km) from the Gulf Coast and 345’ feet above sea level. Montgomery Westland is a comprehensive data campus that offers business continuity solutions and data storage in an optimal secure environment. The data campus consist of an existing 100000 square feet (9,290.3 m²) office building for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity and 40000 square feet (3,716.1 m²) of secure underground data storage space in the bunker. The data center is scaled for collocation by the cabinet, caged suite or customized private suite. Montgomery Westland offers Tier III storage solutions.

Power to the facility is fed by two diverse routes. Power distribution is supplied via two 4000a/480V switchboards, five (5) generator sets provide a total capacity of 3600 kW, and UPS power is supplied via (5) 500kva modules. There are four underground fuel tanks with a storage capacity of 50,000 gallons. Bunker space is provided with a minimum of N+1 cooling utilizing Liebert down draft units with humidification, reheat, and moisture detection. Temperature, humidity, and alarm conditions are monitored electronically 24/7. The master plan for Montgomery Westland includes a four phase expansion in office buildings for business continuity/disaster recovery and an additional 100000 square feet (9,290.3 m²) in new bunker space for secure data storage. Connectivity to the complex is offered via diverse fiber routes at Gig E speeds from various carriers. Montgomery Westland is a carrier neutral facility with eight (8) network providers including AT&T, Consolidated, ICTX Wave Media, Level(3), Phonoscope, AboveNet, Time Warner Telecom, and Suddenlink.

Fernland Historical Park
Located within the heart of downtown Montgomery, Fernland Historical park is a unique hands-on educational park, bringing samples of early Texas architecture together with examples of early Texas life. The log homes and cabins presented within the park are some of the oldest remaining structures within Texas.

Notable residents

Kambri Crews
Kambri Crews
Kambri Crews is an American comedic storyteller based in New York City and author of Burn Down the Ground, a memoir of her chaotic childhood with deaf parents...

, producer and publicist located in New York City, and author of Burn Down the Ground: A Memoir in which Montgomery is prominently featured.

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