Neighborhoods Jersey Village
Jersey Village retains a small-town community atmosphere but offers easy access to the attractions of Houston – the best of both worlds. One of the city’s major amenities is a first-class municipal golf course, Jersey Meadow Golf Course, formerly the private course for Cameron Iron Works and purchased by the city in 2000. The Houston Chronicle called Jersey Meadow Golf Course “the best kept secret in Houston.”
Homes in Jersey Village are affordable to all income levels and range in price from the $100,000s up to the millions.The Jersey Village Fire Department has one of the highest ratings given to municipal fire departments and city services.
The City of Jersey Village grew from a partnership formed between two old friends, Clark W. Henry and Leroy Kennedy. Henry operated F & M Dairy on 1,236 acres of land he owned 15 miles northwest of Houston. His herd of Jersey dairy cattle was considered one of the largest and finest in the world. Henry had a unique advertising gimmick to promote his dairy: A showplace barn with glass doors where the public could observe his fine cows being milked and then they could purchase some of his ice cream. He also offered pony rides and live country western music. It was a very popular attraction for children and adults alike.
When Henry’s health failed in the early 1950s, he closed the dairy and went into partnership with Kennedy to develop Jersey Village, named after his dairy herd. Henry and Kennedy broke ground for the new city in 1954, initially putting in five miles of streets along with utilities. The City of Jersey Village was incorporated in 1956 and an election for a mayor and city council was held shortly thereafter. In 1986, Jersey Village voters approved a home rule charter for the city.
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