History Timeline for The Woodlands, TX

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1964 Grogan Cochran Lumber Company land purchased by George Mitchell.
1972 A $50,000,000 loan guarantee from the government is approved under the Housing Act of 1970, and The Woodlands project moves forward. The Woodlands was the only loan guarantee project under the Housing Act that did not default on their loans.
1974 The big day arrives!! The Woodlands celebrates its official Grand Opening, and home sales begin. Starting home price: $49,999. In time, The Woodlands becomes the fastest growing, new home sales leader in the Houston Metro area.
1985 The man-made, 8-foot deep, 200 acre Lake Woodlands excavation is completed, and the lake is filled with water for the first time. The iconic Woodlands sculpture, 'Rise of the Midgard Serpent,' by Macr Rosenthall is installed that same year.
1990 The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, named for the wife of the founder of The Woodlands, opens in 1990. The Pavilion has become a major attraction in the Houston metro area for symphony, popular music and other cultural events.
1994 In 1994, The Woodlands mall opens to the public, and signals the start of The Woodlands Town Center development. The Woodlands Mall eventually expands with outdoor shopping and is connected to The Woodlands Waterway project years later.
1995 The North Harris Montgomery Community College (Now Lone Star College Montgomery) opens in 1995, providing new local education and employment opportunities to The Woodlands.
1996 The Tinseltown movie theater becomes the first, much needed, movie theater to open in the area, with lines wrapping around the building on opening day.
1997 The population of The Woodlands reaches 50,000 people. That same year the founder of The Woodlands, George Mitchell, sells The Woodlands Corporation to Morgan Stanley and Crescent Realty for $543 million dollars.
1999 The Woodlands enters into a moratorium with the City of Houston to prevent annexation.
2003 St. Lukes Hospital opens in 2003, providing a complement to Memorial Hermann and more medical facilities to the area.
2004 Market Street opens in Town Center, providing more high end, upscale retail shopping and restaurants for Woodlands citizens, along with a new movie theater, hotel, and central park outdoor music and events venue.
2007 Legislation passes allowing 'Regional Participation Agreements' with Conroe and Houston so a new governance body for The Woodlands can be established.
2010 The Woodlands Township assumes full responsibility for Assocation services, and the Township Board transitions to a fully elected board with 7 members.
2014 In 2014, The Woodlands voters will be able to decide whether to change their form of governance, and officially incorporate The Woodlands as a City.

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