Magnolia is a city in southwestern Montgomery County, Texas, United States within the Houston—The Woodlands—Sugar Land metropolitan area. It is named for the magnolia trees that grew in the area. The population was 1,393 at the 2010 United States Census.
Magnolia is located at 30 0 12 1 38″N 95 0 45’2″W30.21056 0 N 95.75056 0 W (30.210476, – 95.750631). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.3 km 2 ) all of which is land.
The first settlement in the Magnolia area was a town named Mink Prairie, founded in about 1845 when a farmer named Mink built a homestead. By 1850, the town’s name was shortened to Mink After the Civil War, Mink’s population swelled due to an influx of settlers from Kentucky and Tennessee, resulting in a post office being built in 1885. In 1902, the International-Great Northern Railroad (now operated by Union Pacific), decided to build a railroad to the north of Mink, causing most of the residents of Mink to move closer to the railroad line. The new town was named Melton in honor of a wealthy landowner who lived in the area. However, the postal service kept confusing the name with a different town called “Milton,” prompting local officials to change the name to Magnolia. In 1903, the Mink post office moved to the new town of Magnolia, as the old town of Mink would soon become abandoned.
The city of Magnolia is part of the Magnolia Independent School District.
- • Students in grades K-5 attend either Magnolia Elementary or Williams Elementary.
- • Students in 6th grade attend Magnolia 6th Grade Campus.
- • Students in grades 7-8 attend Magnolia Junior High.
- • Students in grades 9-12 attend Magnolia West High School. Limited numbers of students
- may also attend the ALPHA Academy, an alternative high school.
The Montgomery County Memorial Library System operates the Malcom Purvis Branch in the city.