and New Security, Texas
County, East Texas
About 15 Miles E of Conroe
Population of New Security was reported as 24 for the 2000 Census
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Earliest settlement dates to the 1850s but the town didn’t congeal until the late
1880s when a branch line of the GC&SF connected Conroe
Having a railroad connection allowed for the local forests to be exploited, resulting
in a boom around the turn of the century. Although the post office opened as Pocahontas
in 1900, it changed to Bennette (honoring the landowner who had owned the
property on which the town had formed) in 1902.
Mr. Bennette sold out
to the Security Land Company in 1907. As if it was a vote of no confidence, the
Bennette post office closed that year, but it reopened in 1910 under the name
1914 found Security with most essential businesses (including
the hotel in the post card above) as well as a population estimated to be 150.
Schools from nearby Timber and White Oak, Texas merged into into the Security
common school, which, in turn, merged with Splendora schools in the 1920s.
the timber played out, the lumber mill closed and Security was about to be added
to the long list of East Texas timber ghost towns. The remaining 100 residents
were informed in the early 1940s that Security would be bypassed by the new Highway
The post office remained open until the mid 1950s even after residents
had already moved the two miles N to “New” Security. The original Security
Cemetery remained in place - within a mile of the old railroad siding.
New Security had reported fewer than 30 residents in the 1960s and the 2000 Census
reported 24 residents (who may or may not have felt secure about the community’s
Montgomery County map showing both Security & Pocahontas|
(E of Conroe
near San Jacinto / Liberty County Lines)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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