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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 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.

Local Government

As an incorporated city with a population of less than 5000, Magnolia is designated as a general law city under the Constitution of Texas. It is governed at the local level by an elected mayor and five council members. The current mayor is Todd Kana. Council member Richard Carby also serves as mayor pro tem. The other council members are Daniel Miller, Matthew “Doc” Dantzer, Brenda Hoppe, and Jonny Williams.

In 2011 the citizenry voted to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages. Magnolia was the last “dry” city in Montgomery County.

City of Magnolia Comprehensive Plan

On April 9, 2013, the Magnolia City Council adopted a 20-year comprehensive plan entitled, “Magnolia on the Move.” In the plan, the city outlines its vision for dealing with the projected business and residential growth in the area. The plan starts by identifying distinctive land use types that exist throughout the city and surrounding area:

  • Rural
  • Parks and Urban Space
  • Residential Estate
  • Suburban Residential
  • Semi-Urban Residential/Neighborhood Conservation
  • Neighborhood Conservation Mixed
  • Suburban Village
  • Auto-Urban Commercial
  • Magnolia Town Center and Unity Plaza
  • Business Park
  • Industrial
  • Public/Institutional

Each of these types is given defined boundaries within Magnolia and the projected growth areas around Magnolia. The city plans to develop each type in a different way to preserve the character of these distinctive areas. As Magnolia expands its city limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction through annexation, it plans to carefully manage the growth of these areas to conform with the land types designated above.

In 2015, the city adopted a Unified Development Code (UDC) to outline the specific steps development should take to comply with the comprehensive plan. The UDC includes specific restrictions on development within each of the land use types, including restrictions on the height of signs, the materials used to construct buildings, and the protection of live oak and magnolia trees.

State Government

In the Texas Senate, Magnolia is part of District 4, represented by Republican Brandon Creighton. In the Texas House of Representatives, Magnolia is part of District 3, represented by Cecil Bell Jr.

Federal Government

In the United States Senate, Republicans John Cornyn and Ted Cruz represent the entire state of Texas. In the United States House of Representatives, Magnolia is part of District 8, represented by Republican Kevin Brady.

The United States Postal Service Magnolia Post Office is located at 815 Goodson Road.


Magnolia is located at the intersection of FM 1488 and FM 1774.

FM 1488 connects Magnolia to Interstate 45 to the east in between Conroe and The Woodlands. Its western terminus is Hempstead.

FM 1774, also known as Magnolia Boulevard to the south, becomes SH 249 in Pinehurst a few miles north of Tomball. SH 249 continues into Houston. To the north of Magnolia, FM 1774 travels to the Texas Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission.

Public Schools

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 either Magnolia High School or Magnolia West High School. Limited numbers of students may also attend the ALPHA Academy, an alternative high school.

Private schools

Concordia Lutheran High School (9-12) is a private school in Tomball near Magnolia. Other private schools in the greater Tomball-Magnolia area include Rosehill Christian School (K-12), St. Anne Catholic School (PK-8), Salem Lutheran School, Cypress Christian School (K-12), and Great Oak School a Waldorf School (PK-8).

St. Anne Catholic, established in 1984, originally held its classes at St. Anne Church; that year it had 16 Kindergarten students and 13 first grade students. It had had 380 students in 2015. That year Joseph Noonan became the principal.

Cypress Christian School, established in 1978, originally held its classes at Cypress Bible Church. It now has over 650 students. In 2018, Dr. Jeffery Potts joined CCS as Head of School. Dr. Potts was on the news for creating a School Marshall Program, where he armed teachers with guns at his previous school.

Colleges and universities

Lone Star College (originally the North Harris Montgomery Community College District) serves the community. The territory in Tomball ISD joined the community college district in 1982. Tomball is served by Lone Star College – Tomball, a member of the Lone Star College System.

Public libraries

The Montgomery County Memorial Library System operates the Malcom Purvis Branch in the city.

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Tree House Cafe 4.5 star rating 43 reviews
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Magnolia, TX 77354

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Tressie's Southern Kitchen 4.0 star rating 53 reviews
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Magnolia, TX 77355

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The Republic Grille 4.0 star rating 158 reviews
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Magnolia, TX 77354

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Red Flame Steak & Grill 4.0 star rating 121 reviews
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Magnolia, TX 77354

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Pengus's Place 5.0 star rating 28 reviews
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Magnolia, TX 77354

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Zanti Cucina Italiana 4.0 star rating 202 reviews
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Magnolia, TX 77354

(281) 259-1300

Waterfalls Cafe 4.5 star rating 67 reviews
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Magnolia, TX 77354

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Brick and Brews 4.5 star rating 104 reviews
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Magnolia, TX 77354

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The Naked Turtle Tavern 4.0 star rating 9 reviews
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Stubbys Texas Thunder Saloon 4.5 star rating 3 reviews
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Rose Rooftop 3.0 star rating 22 reviews
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Ste 200
The Woodlands, TX 77380

(832) 341-5142

Johnny B Dalton's 3.0 star rating 10 reviews
2017 N Frazier St
Ste D3
Conroe, TX 77301

(936) 441-0515

The Golden Retriever Pub 4.0 star rating 38 reviews
6960 Fm 1488
Ste 107
Magnolia, TX 77354

(281) 259-2628

Main Street Crossing 4.0 star rating 54 reviews
111 W Main St
Tomball, TX 77375

(281) 290-0431

Boogie's 5.0 star rating 1 reviews
17099 Walden Rd
Ste 140
Montgomery, TX 77356

(936) 582-5050

Deacon Baldy's 4.0 star rating 147 reviews
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Magnolia, TX 77354

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Shabby Chic Texas 5.0 star rating 2 reviews
Magnolia, TX 77355

(281) 917-0332

Mercy House Global Market 5.0 star rating 8 reviews
5814 Fm 1488 Rd
Magnolia, TX 77354

(832) 652-3762

Birds of a Feather Antique & Vintage Marketplace 4.0 star rating 4 reviews
305 Market St
Tomball, TX 77375

(832) 265-8564

The Market Home Decor Gifts and DIY 5.0 star rating 2 reviews
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Tomball, TX 77375

(281) 650-4099

Market Street 4.5 star rating 62 reviews
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The Rancher's Daughter 4.0 star rating 4 reviews
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(936) 449-4100

The Boardwalk 4.5 star rating 17 reviews
9945 Barker Cypress Rd
Cypress, TX 77433

(713) 690-0000

The Turquoise Door 4.0 star rating 9 reviews
314 Market St.
Tomball, TX 77375

(281) 255-4255

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Hebrews Coffeehouse Magnolia 4.5 star rating 38 reviews
33130 Magnolia Cir
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Magnolia, TX 77354

(832) 642-0786

Magnolia Coffee House Bistro 4.5 star rating 18 reviews
117 Magnolia Blvd
Magnolia, TX 77355

(281) 789-7272

Luv Coffee 4.5 star rating 24 reviews
820 Pine Market Ave
Ste 100
Montgomery, TX 77316

(281) 616-7731

Lovebeans Coffeehouse 4.5 star rating 46 reviews
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Ste D-100
The Woodlands, TX 77375

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Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Windcrest Village 4.5 star rating 22 reviews
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Ste 100
Magnolia, TX 77354

(832) 934-4737

Roasted 4.5 star rating 19 reviews
2300 Woodforest Pkwy N
Ste 600
Montgomery, TX 77316

(936) 588-5926

Tree House Cafe 4.5 star rating 43 reviews
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Magnolia, TX 77354

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Golden Hour 5.0 star rating 1 reviews
4849 Fm 1488
Ste 100
Magnolia, TX 77354

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FITNESS PROJECT: Magnolia 2.0 star rating 63 reviews
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The Zoo Health Club 5.0 star rating 4 reviews
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The Woodlands, TX 77354

(281) 419-1556

The HEX Lab 5.0 star rating 1 reviews
32503 Tamina Rd Bldg A
Magnolia, TX 77354

(830) 703-6669

VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa - Woodlands 3.5 star rating 76 reviews
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Max Out Strength And Fitness 5.0 star rating 2 reviews
23933 Nichols Sawmill Rd
Ste C
Hockley, TX 77447

(713) 416-7172

New Life Fitness 5.0 star rating 12 reviews
24911 Kuykendahl Rd
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(281) 255-0377

SIMPLE GYM 5.0 star rating 1 reviews
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CrossFit Magnolia 4.0 star rating 5 reviews
8375 Fm 1488 Rd
Ste 1
Magnolia, TX 77354

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On Stage Hair Design 4.5 star rating 38 reviews
6875 Fm 1488 Rd
Ste 1000
Magnolia, TX 77354

(281) 259-1222

Bonjour Belle Salon and Suites 4.5 star rating 6 reviews
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Ste 1000
Magnolia, TX 77354

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The Beauty Lounge 4.5 star rating 101 reviews
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Ste D
The Woodlands, TX 77381

(281) 203-5034

J Thompson Salons 4.0 star rating 14 reviews
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Trademark Salon and Spa 4.5 star rating 113 reviews
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Shag Spa and Salons 4.5 star rating 128 reviews
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(281) 296-7424

Salons of Kuykendahl 5.0 star rating 12 reviews
26400 Kuykendahl Rd
Suite 11
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(832) 717-7144

Haras Spa 4.0 star rating 1 reviews
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Magnolia, TX 77355

(281) 305-1729

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