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LOCATION
Brykerwoods (CBB Civic Association) is a neighborhood located North of I-10 off of Wirt Road including Betty Jane through Brykerwoods.
 
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SCHOOLS
Our neighborhood is zoned to Hunters Creek Elementary School, Spring Branch Middle School & Memorial High School.
 
SOCIAL EVENTS
There are several events held each year to give everyone an opportunity to get out and get to know other neighbors. Some of the events include a Progressive Dinner, an Easter Egg Hunt, an Ice Cream Social in May, Fourth of July Parade, National Night Out in October, Pumpkin Carving Contest & Santa in the CBB.
 
HISTORY
Spring Branch has a history older than the City of Houston. In 1830, before Allen Brothers founded Houston in 1836, a German immigrant raised his log cabin along a small stream flowing to Buffalo Bayou. That earliest settler, Karl Kolbe, was to be remembered in history, and that history would become part of the curriculum taught in Spring Branch I.S.D.
 
One day a stranger stopped by Karl Kolbe's place to rest his horse. As they walked along a small stream, the stranger inquired of its name and was told it had not been given a name. Observing the natural spring fed stream, he suggested that they call it "Spring Branch." The stranger moved on, but the name remained. Through the generations, the story is told that a surveyor asked Karl Kolbe what was the name of the community. Given a moment of reflection he replied, "Spring Branch."
 
In the early to mid 1840's, four other families looking for a new life from their native Germany settled in the community. They were the families of Daniel Aherenbeck, Jacob Schroeder, Louis Hilendahl, and Henry Hilendahl.
 
In 1848, the Wilhelm Rummel and Seigesmund Bauer families arrived in Galveston aboard the condemned ship Neptune. Kolbe, Ahrenbeck, and Daniel Hilendahl met and encouraged them to settle in Spring Branch. That evening, they, along with five other families, held a Thanksgiving service for their safe trip. August Bauer, son of Cari Bauer, was appointed religious leader of the group. St. Peter's United Church was born and it is the second oldest church in Houston.
 
In 1850, new logs were cut and seasoned under the very watchful eyes of Wilhelm Rummel, who donated a quarter of an acre for the St. Peter's Church. Photos can be found on display at the church today.
 
In 1854, five years after the first service was held, a little log cabin church was built near the stream. In 1864, the log cabin church caught fire and was replaced by a small frame church. That church still stands at 9022 Long Point, just east of Campbell Road (in Spring Branch Central Super Neighborhood). A larger church now stands right next door.
 
In the latter part of the 19th Century, the Kline family, who "americanized" their name to Clay, owned the cement factories and a hardware store in downtown Houston. They also owned Clay States that included what is now Memorial and most of Spring Branch with Clay Road drawing the boundary.
 
In 1952, the Clay Family built a new house at the corner of Betty Jane and Wirt Road. It had an air conditioning system which was among the new housing amenities at that time.
 
Spring Branch has gone through many changes over the years. Its population started as a solely German community and shifted to a broader, mostly Anglo population. Over time, that population has evolved into a more diversified population that we see today. Many families have chosen Spring Branch looking for a new and better way of life. Spring Branch I.S.D. continues to be one of the highest ranking districts in the Houston area.