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CUT AND SHOOT, TX

CUT AND SHOOT, TEXAS. Cut and Shoot (Cut 'n Shoot, Cut N Shoot) is six miles east of Conroe and forty miles north of Houston in eastern Montgomery County. It was apparently named after a 1912 community confrontation that almost led to violence. According to the different versions of the story, the dispute was either over the design of a new steeple for the town's only church, the issue of who should be allowed to preach there, or conflicting land claims among church members. A small boy at the scene reportedly declared, "I'm going to cut around the corner and shoot through the bushes in a minute!" The boy's phrase apparently remained in residents' minds and was eventually adopted as the town's name. Population statistics were not reported for the community until the mid-1970s, when the number of residents was fifty. By 1980 the incorporated community reported a population of 809 and had built a new city hall and supported a school and several businesses. Cut and Shoot had a post office by the mid-1980s. The community's population was reported as 903 in 1990. In 2000 the population was 1,158.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

William Harley Gandy, A History of Montgomery County, Texas (M.A. thesis, University of Houston, 1952). Robin Navarro Montgomery, Cut 'n Shoot: The Roy Harris Story (Austin: Eakin Press, 1984).

Robin N. Montgomery

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Robin N. Montgomery, "CUT AND SHOOT, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hlc65), accessed November 22, 2014. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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