Cypress is an unincorporated community in Harris County. During the early historic times, the area was once inhabited by Atakapa and Akokisa Indian tribes; however, they soon disappeared when the German settlers moved into the region in the 1840s. In 1878, a dance hall was built; however, it burned a few years later. The settlers soon rebuilt it using a corrugated tin with the help of Cypress Gun and Rifle Club. Tin Hall still become a popular dance hall for more than a century after its reconstruction. In 1904, the town discovered oil along the Gulf Coast. As a result, Cypress began to develop quickly. A hot artesian well was discovered near Cypress, resulting in the Houston Hotwell Sanitarium and Hotel. In addition, the well was sought for the healing powers its mineral waters allegedly provided. Rice and dairy farming were the main occupation of its residents, and because of that interest, the Cy-Fair Rodeo has been a favorite local event since. In the mid-1980s, the community proper was unincorporated; however, the greater Cypress area continued to be a suburb of Houston.
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