(Above photo: Telge Rd. near Cypress Garden Dr. Aug. 2014)
Telge Road was named for the Telge family, a German immigrant family that arrived in Texas in the late 1800's. They owned land in Cypress around the Cypress Creek area. Telge Road runs north all the way from 290 to FM 2920 (Waller-Tomball Rd.). The route itself goes back to the late 19th or early 20th century. I haven't confirmed the actual age of the road. Since its original designation as a road, it has been realigned in several places along the way, most of which are difficult to detect today.
In 1980, Telge was extended south of US 290 to meet with West Road near the newborn Copperfield area. The road that had previously continued south across the freeway from Telge was a business road now called Cameron, which is not open to the public. The 1980 extension south of 290 has always been four lanes with a center median. Until the late 1990's, most of the area around this road was still grass fields, except for the Cameron Iron Works forgery and the Randalls distribution center.
The realignment locations of Telge are listed below going from south to north:
1.)Spring-Cypress Rd.- At the original intersection, Telge ran straight north into Spring-Cypress, which was divided into two sides by Telge. At the intersection with the west end, Telge made a bend to the right, and went over Little Cypress Creek before coming to the east half of Spring-Cypress. In the 1950's or 60's, Telge was realigned somewhat, creating a new bridge that would cross Little Cypress Creek to the right of the original alignment. The old alignment was abandoned, and is now located within the fence line of Little Cypress Creek Preserve, a local park.
In 2006, Spring-Cypress Rd. itself was realigned on the west side of Telge. The new road came to intersect Telge behind the gas station, rather than in front of it. The original intersection was bulldozed, and dug out until the area was just a big bowl, for flood waters I presume.
2.)Grand Parkway Crossing- At the point where Grand Parkway crosses Telge Rd., there was an old realignment done here to Telge's original right of way. The road left behind after the procedure was named Self Rd., most of which was erased when the Grand Parkway crossed over the area. The realignment was done in the 1950's or 1960's.
3.)Just South of Cypress Garden Dr.- Just a block or two north of the Grand Parkway was yet another realignment of a sharp turn done long ago. There is some treeline evidence today suggesting a road was once there, but not much in the way of pavement. This was a very old realignment done probably during the 1950's.
4.)At FM 2920- Today, Telge Road ends its northern journey in Tomball at the intersection of FM 2920 (Once just Waller-Tomball Rd.). Long ago, Telge was the road at which Waller-Tomball was split into two parts. In the mid 20th century, Waller-Tomball was realigned at Telge, and there was a small corner of the old Telge transition into Waller-Tomball Rd. that was closed off. This is hardly recognizable today except from an aerial view.
Other photos taken along Telge Rd. taken in July 2011.
Here are some other random photos of Telge Rd. showing it still in its two-lane configuration north of Spring-Cypress Rd. Taken in Aug. 2014.
The following photos are from December 2015, taken near Telge & Boudreaux.