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Buried Treasure In Cypress


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Today, Olde Town spring is one of the area's busiest tourist attractions, featuring antique and craft shops. The area is especially popular during their annual events and festivals (Home For The Holidays, the Heritage and Crawfish festivals).

The area experienced a bonanza during the Gulf Coast's oil boom. Following Humble Oil's gusher at Moonshine Hill in 1904, wildcatters drilled a flurry of wells across north Harris County. Just south of Cypress, they hit a hot, free-flowing artesian well that soon became a tourist attraction, bringing visitors to the Houston Hot Well Sanitarium and Hotel to seek the medicinal benefits of bathing in the mineral baths.

Visitors also came in search of buried treasure -- $600,000 of it -- that Mexicans traveling from East Texas were rumored to have hidden along Cypress Creek when they were attacked by Indians. Capitalizing on the pleasures of dance-loving pioneers, the popular Tin Hall was built at the turn of the century by the Cypress Gun and Rifle Club to replace its original structure lost in a fire.


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