Prior to the city’s incorporation, German farmers settled the area and built sawmills to process local lumber. A 1936 county highway map states that the area had scattered residences near one of its sawmills. In the mid-1950s, effort to form a Spring Branch municipality failed. The city incorporated in December 1954 with a mayor-council government. Because of the 1954 incorporation, Houston did not incorporate Bunker Hill Village’s territory into its city limits, while Houston annexed surrounding areas that were unincorporated.
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