If you didn’t already know, the Downtown Conroe area is not only very deep in history, but it is the Entertainment and Arts District of Montgomery County.
Downtown Conroe is the place you can see 13 Art Benches scattered throughout the courthouse area, on Simonton, Main, and Thompson streets telling the history of Conroe through Art. Have you ever really looked at the benches?
George Strake- painted by Joe Kolb is the story of oilman Strake who discovered oil in Conroe and became the wealthiest man in Houston. Dr. Charles Stewart-etched by Mark Clapham depicts the story of Dr. Charles Stewart who designed the Texas Flag. The Boogie bench was designed by Craig Campobella is a tribute to local music in Conroe through the Sounds of Texas Music Series and Montgomery County Performing Arts Society. Boomtown is a tribute to the lumber industry and Isaac Conroe with his first lumber mill in 1881.
History in Print bench celebrates the oldest daily newspaper, the Courier, designed by Kristy Dupuy and Jerry Parker. Train Depot is all about the commuter trains of the 1880’s through the Great Northern Railroad. History in Brief is laser etched celebrating Conroe’s earliest industrial businesses of lumber and oil and more millionaires per capita than any other US City in the 1930’s.