Telge Park, Charming Neighborhood Park in Cypress, Texas
Telge Park is a 111 acre park on the east side of Telge Road across from Bud Hadfield Park. Both of these parks are in Cypress, Texas. Cypress Creek runs through both of these parks as well as many others in this part of the Houston metro area.
A Texas Historical Commission sign is located on this site. Here is what is written on this historical marker:
“MATTHEW BURNETT HOMESITE
Texas Army Camp – April 16, 1836
Matthew Burnett ((1795-1842) and his wife, Sarah (Simmons) (1797-1852), came to Texas from Arkansas in 1831 and settled south of here on Cypress Creek. Their home was near the “Harrisburg Road” which stretched 15 miles northwest to a crossroads at the home of their closest neighbor, Abram Roberts, and, in the other direction, 25 miles southeast to Harrisburg.
The interim government of the Republic of Texas stayed here briefly on March 22, 1836, while enroute to establish the Republic’s new capital at Harrisburg. The Texas Army, 1100 men under the command of Sam Houston, stopped here about dusk on April 16, 1836, after turning southeast at the Roberts ‘crossroads earlier in the day. During their overnight stay they consumed most of Burnett’s livestock and grains, and burned fence rails for fuel. The next morning the Texas Army departed for Harrisburg. Four days later, on April 21, they routed the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, winning Texas Independence from Mexico.
Having fled the area in the episode known as the “Run-Away Scrape,” The Burnetts returned after learning of the victory at San Jacinto. In the late 1830s and 1840s their home became a prominent landmark and well-known tavern on the road to the City of Houston.
Sam Houston Bicentennial 1793-1993
Project of Jeffrey D. Dunn and Edward W. Turley, Jr.”
As you can tell from the photos above, there is a nice little playground for children as well as picnic tables and barbecue grills. A good friend of ours has often taken his grandchildren there to share some quality time mixed with outdoor fun. Restrooms and water fountains are provided.
A grassy lawn area with tall trees also provides a space to play or simply commune with nature.
Speaking of communing with nature…there is a 3/4 mile trail that takes one into the woods and along Cypress Creek.
The trail starts with a boardwalk over a wetland area which then leads one into the woods.
The trail is natural and if one is lucky, birds, deer and other animals can be spotted. Dogs are allowed in this park if kept on leashes. Arrows are provided to keep one on the trail path.
Cypress Creek meanders through this wooded area of Telge Park as it does in many other parks. Since much of this land is in a floodplain, at times the trail may become impassible. Many of our Houston metro parks are designed that way and serve dual purposes.
Fishing is allowed in Cypress Creek. The day we visited there for the first time it was on a weekday and Telge Park was not crowded with people.
The sky was blue overhead and it was bright and sunny. The shade of those many tall trees was much appreciated.
Park hours are from 7:00 am until dusk. The paved parking lot is small so be sure to remove your car prior to the gates being locked.
This is a delightful park in which to spend some time. Wheelchair access is provided.
I think that Matthew Burnett and his wife Sarah would be pleased to know that what was once their homestead can now be enjoyed by countless people long into the future.