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County
Austin
Region
Praries & Lakes
Population
2010 Census - 304
2000 Census - 304
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Industry, Texas
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Industry Texas History:
In 1831, Johann Friedrich Ernst settled his family in the area on land granted to him by the Mexican Government. Charles Fordtran received a quarter of the land grant in payment for surveying it for Ernst. Ernst built his home near the Gotier Trace, a road connecting San Felipe to Bastrop. He grew tobacco, fruit trees and farm crops. Ernst wrote to friends in Germany encouraging them to move to Industry which many did. A German settlement grew up around Ernst's home and store. In 1837, the Republic of Texas established the Industry post office with Ernst as postmaster. In 1838, Ernst laid out the town and advertised lots for sale. By the 1850s, cotton was the major crop. In 1857 the town had twelve cotton gins. Farming and cotton remained the major industries until the 1950s. Germans, Czechs and African Americans settled in the area through the 1880s when ranching took over. Industry is located at the intersection of SH 159 (Fordtran Boulevard) and FM 109, 28.5 miles northeast of La Grange, 12.6 miles northeast of Fayetteville, 33 miles southeast of Giddings, 15.5 miles southeast of Round Top, 32 miles south of Somerville, 39 miles southwest of Washington, 16 miles southwest of Brenham, 15.5 miles slightly northwest of Bellville, 34 miles northwest of San Felipe, 28 miles northwest of Sealy, and 22.5 miles north of Columbus, Texas.
 
Historic Lindemann-Ott Haus, 1899:
The house is currently being restored. (979) 357-2237. 222 Main Street.
 
Maennercho Singing Hall:
This hall was moved to Industry from Welcome, Texas.
 
R. E. Knolle Physician Office:
9021 FM 109. 
 
Ernst Memorial Park & Republic of Texas Post Office:
The park features the restored Republic of Texas post office building and town store. Texas Historical Markers commemorating the post office and Ernst, the reservable Singing Hall from Welcome, Texas, and Dr. Knolle’s old doctor’s office are located within the park. Open year round. (979) 357-2272. The park is located at the intersection of Bermuda Drive and Ernst Parkway (FM 109).
 
Historic Welcome Hall from Welcome, Texas:
(979) 357-2272. This hall is located at 9021 FM 109. 
 
Historic Old Methodist Church:
The church is located at 1914 Main Street and Pilgrim’s Rest Lane. (979) 357-2272.
 
Lindemann Store Museum:
Lindemann Olde Store displays original items from 116 years of business in Industry including original store fixtures, shoes, millinery, men and ladies' fashions, jewelry, pottery, patent medicine, general household items, grocery products, and farm and animal products. (979) 357-2237. (979) 357-7772. 2207 Main Street.
 
Kautz Kottage Museum, 1924:
This museum houses a quilt collection and other memorabilia. (979) 357-2237. 2251 Main Street.
 
West End Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, DVDs, book DVDs, a children’s web page, home and office research services, fax and copy machines, computer classes, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Thu, 9am-5pm; Sat, 8:30am-12:30pm; closed Fridays and Sunday. (979) 357-4434. 1646 N. Main Street.
 
Industry VFD Firemen's Hall, 1974:
The dance hall is owned by the Industry Volunteer Fire Department. The hall has an excellent wooden dance floor and a seating capacity of 700. The hall hosts private and public dances, weddings, private events and other celebrations. (979) 357-2220. (979) 277-4489. The dance hall is located at 16552 Fordtran Boulevard, adjacent to the Industry VFD Station. Event Schedule
 
Annual Industry Volunteer Fire Department Summer Fest, July:
This event is held at the Industry Fireman’s Hall at 16552 Fordtran Boulevard, adjacent to the Industry VFD Station.(979) 357-9998. (979) 357-2220.