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Location of Hockley, Texas

Hockley is an unincorporated community located in Harris County, Texas on Texas State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 290, approximately five miles southeast of the city hall of Waller, and thirty-six miles northwest of Downtown Houston.

The community serves as the main hub for railway traffic serving Houston, Austin, and many parts of central Texas. The Southern Pacific (now known as Union Pacific) rail line is one of the community's major employers. The community is surrounded by grain farms and cattle ranches.


George Washington Hockley established Hockley in 1835. In 1906, a salt dome was discovered near Hockley and mined, especially for sulfur.

Parks and recreation

The county operates the Hockley Community Center at 28515 Old Washington Road. In 1982 the county bought 24 acres (97,000 m2) of land for a maintenance center and a community center. Bob Eckels, then the commissioner of Precinct 3, got a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Hermes Reed Hindman – Architects, Inc. developed the building and AIA Engineers and Contractors, Inc. served as the contractor. Construction ended in 1986.

The county operates Hockley Park at 28515 Old Washington Road at the community center site.

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