In the late 1800s and early 1900s, couples would “spark” (hug and kiss) under the old oak tree on the corner of T.C. Jester Boulevard and Louetta Road in Klein. The “kissing tree”became a landmark on the farm of Prussian immigrant Hermann Strack, one of the first settlers in the area. When a convenience store purchased the property and planned to uproot the 150-year-old tree, a grassroots community effort brought the issue to the attention of Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle. Precinct 4 prevented the tree’s destruction and purchased the surrounding four acres to create Kissing Tree Park.
Kissing Tree was recently nominated and accepted as one of the Texas A&M Famous Trees of Texas.
To learn about more Historical Trees in Precinct 4, click here.