I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).
Across from Bud Hadfield Park is Telge Park, a 111-acre park on the east side of Telge Road. Cypress Creek runs through both of these parks, plus many others in this part of the Houston metro area.
- Telge Park Address: 12400 Pleasant Grove Road, Cypress, Texas 77429
Texas Historical Marker
A Texas Historical Commission sign on this site has the following information:
“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 en route 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
A project of Jeffrey D. Dunn and Edward W. Turley, Jr.”
Playground Area With Restrooms
As you can tell from the photos below, there is a pretty little playground for children plus 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 on site. A grassy lawn area with tall trees also provides a space to play or commune with nature.
The Trail in Telge Park
There is a ¾ mile trail that takes one into the woods and along Cypress Creek. The pathway starts with a boardwalk over a wetland area, which then leads one into the woods. The trail is natural, and if one is lucky, people can see birds, deer, and more wildlife. Dogs can visit this park if kept on leashes. Arrows are in place to prevent one from missing the rustic 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.
Cypress Creek Fishing
Fishing is allowed in Cypress Creek. The day we went there for the first time, it was on a weekday, and Telge Park had few people. The sky was blue overhead, and it was bright and sunny. We appreciated the shade of those many tall trees while traversing the rustic trail.
Homestead Now a Park
Park hours are from 7:00 am until dusk. The paved parking lot is small, so be sure to leave before the gates are locked. Telge is a delightful park in which to spend some time. Wheelchair access is available.
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.
“Parks and playgrounds are the soul of a city.”
— Marty Rubin
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© 2020 Peggy Woods