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DeWitt
Region
Praries & Lakes
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2010 Census - Unknown
2000 Census - 110
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Meyersville, Texas
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Meyersville Texas History:
Settlement began in 1846 when Aldolph Meyer and his sister settled on the north side of Twelve Mile Coleto Creek near the La Bahia Road crossing. In 1847 the town was named after Meyer. John York, one of the founders of Yorktown, aided the early settlers who built log homes near the creek. Until the first store opened, supplies were purchased in Victoria. By 1950, twenty families had settled in the area. In 1951 a log building served as the school and the St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, and the Meyersville Post Office was established in Meyer’s house. Many Polish Catholics settled in the area during the 1850s. By the 1860s Meyersville had a cotton gin, a gristmill, grocery stores, a mattress factory, a saddlery, a blacksmith shop and a brewery. Cotton was a major crop until 1948. The 14,000 turkeys used in the first Cuero Turkey Trot in 1912 were supplied by the Egg family of Meyersville.  Meyersville is located on FM 3157, just east of U.S. 183 and north of FM 237, 14 miles south east of Yorktown, 20 miles north of Goliad, 26 miles northwest of Victoria, and 13.5 miles south of Cuero, Texas.  
 
Historic Meyersville, 1843, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“Founded by Peter Bluntzer; attracted other settlers from Alsace. In 1846, Aldolph Meyer settled in the community; a post office was established in his home; the town was named for him. In the 1850s, Lutheran and Catholic churches were founded; the public school opened in 1899. This is a famous turkey producing area.” The marker is located on FM 3157, Meyersville.
 
Historic Peter Bluntzer, Texas Historical Marker:
“In 1843, Peter migrated with his wife and children from Oderen, Alsace (Germany) to Texas. They were bound for Castroville with other immigrants when his wagon overturned in this area, injuring his wife; they stayed here. His was the first Catholic family to settle in Coleto, now present day Meyersville; the family later donated land for the Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church. His enthusiasm for his new home led him to make two return trips to Alsace several years later to bring numerous families to settle here. After his young daughter Theresa was stolen by Indians, she was found several months later in the woods, unharmed and dressed like an Indian princess; he had always been kind to the local tribes. In 1852, the first mass was held in Bluntzer's home. In 1859, area settlers united to build the first Catholic Church in De Witt County on the 15 acre tract given by Bluntzer. Dedicated in 1860, the small log building was a predecessor to others built in 1876, 1892, and the present day church built in 1939. Many early settlers are buried in the church cemetery; Bluntzer is buried in San Patricio.”  The marker is located at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 11220 FM 237, Meyersville.
 
Garfield Dance Hall, Yorktown, TX:
The hall hosts a spring and fall feast. Menu items include homemade sausage, potato salad, stuffed cabbage, beans and other foods. The cost is $7.50 a plate. The hall is available for event rentals. (361) 564-3258. 9688 Garfield Road, 78164. 
 
Gruenau Hall Turn and Schuetzen Verein, Gruenau, Texas:
Gruenau Hall burned to the ground on January 17, 2007. It was rebuilt and is now hosting dances and live music, and hosts annual barbeque cook-off the end of March. (361)816-7200. Gruenau Hall is located approximately 8 miles northwest of Yorktown at 1012 Gruenau Road (FM 2014). Facebook
 
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Central Gulf Coast Region:
Guadalupe Loop:  Ottine, Gonzales, Hochheim, Cuero, Bloomington, Placedo, Victoria, Palmetto State Park
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Dewitt County Bird Checklist with Photos
Palmetto State Park Bird Checklist, Ottine, Gonzales
Cuero is #28 on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Birding maps are available at the Chamber of Commerce. (361) 275-2112. 124 East Church Street.
 
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Central Gulf Coast Region:
Guadalupe Loop:  Ottine, Gonzales, Hochheim, Cuero, Bloomington, Placedo, Victoria, Palmetto State Park
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Dewitt County Bird Checklist with Photos
Palmetto State Park Bird Checklist, Ottine, Gonzales
Cuero is #28 on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Birding maps are available at the Chamber of Commerce. (361) 275-2112. 124 East Church Street.
 
Haun Ranch Hunting:
The ranch offers guided hog, turkey, dove, and white-tailed deer hunting, and off shore fishing trips. Accommodations are available. The ranch is located on Coleto Creek, approximately 15 miles east of Yorktown at 1139 B Haun Road, Meyersville. (361) 275-3809.
 
Broken Spoke Ranch:
Gene Cran offers guided quail, dove, and hog hunts. Accommodations are available. The ranch is located approximately 5 miles from Yorktown. (361) 533-3252. Email
 
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences. 
                      
Hunting, Texas Parks and Wildlife, General Hunting Information
Hunting, Public Hunting on State Lands, TPWD
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Coleto Creek Reservoir Information:
The 3,100 surface acre lake was impounded in 1980 on Coleto and Perdido Creeks. The 3,100 surface acre lake has a maximum depth of 46 feet. The lake water tends to stay very clear due to the lack of agriculture in the area. The park offers exceptional bass fishing and birding. It is located on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. The reservoir and park are managed by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority; (361) 575-6366; call for camping reservations. The lake is located 15 miles southwest of Victoria off U.S. 59 at 365 Coleto Park Road, midway between Goliad and Victoria, Texas. For more complete lake information, go to the Coleto Creek Reservoir Home Page. Lake Location Map  TPWD Public Access Facilities Map  Current Lake Level 
 
Goliad State Park & Historic Site Information:
This 188 acre park is located in a historical area of Texas on the San Antonio River near the town of Goliad. Located within the park is the recently restored replica of the Mission Nuestra Senora del Espiritu Santo de Zuniga, which was reconstructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The restored mission houses a museum. In 1931, the parkland was donated to Texas by the City and County of Goliad. The land was transferred to the State Parks Board in 1949. Through April the park grounds and fields along U.S. 59 are awash with blooming bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, phlox, lantana, and wine cups. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more information read the December 2007 Park of the Month Article and Park Brochure, watch the Park Video, and go to the Goliad State Park Home PageFrom Goliad take U.S. 183/77A 0.25 mile to the park entrance.
 
Fannin Battleground State Historic Site Information, Fannin, Texas: 
After the Battle of Coleto on March 20, 1836, Col. J.W. Fannin and 284 of his men surrendered to the Mexican forces of General Jose Urrea with the understanding they would be treated as prisoners of war. They were held at the Presidio La Bahia, located 1.4 miles south of the present day Goliad State Park. Colonel Fannin and the other wounded men were held in the fort’s chapel. Fannin’s room, now called the Flag Room, was located in the south extension of the chapel. On the evening of March 26, Mexican Colonel Portilla received orders from Mexican General Santa Anna to execute all the men he held at the fort. An hour after he received Santa Anna’s order, Portilla received an order from General Urrea requesting that Colonel Portilla, “Treat the prisoners with consideration, particularly their leader, Fannin, and to employ them in the rebuilding of Goliad.” On Palm Sunday morning, March 27, 1836, Portilla had 330 of the prisoners divided into three groups and taken to three different locations approximately 0.5 miles from the fort. All were then massacred, with the exception of 17 men whose lives were spared, and the 28 who escaped. The 40 wounded prisoners being held in the Chapel were taken outside and laid in front of the chapel doors. Colonel Fannin was blindfolded, taken outside and seated on a chair located adjacent to a trench by the Watergate. He made three requests; to have his possessions sent to his family, to not be shot in the face, and that he be given a Christian burial. He was shot last, and in the face, a Mexican officer took his possessions, and his body was burned with many of the other bodies in a mass grave. Francita Alavez, the Angel of Goliad and traveling companion of General Urrea, was one of the most compassionate people involved in the Texas Revolution. She pleaded and saved the lives of a number of men at Goliad, including 15 year old Benjamin Hughes. At Victoria she assisted in the escape of Isaac Hamilton after he escaped the Goliad Massacre. A beautiful stone obelisk honors Fannin and his men. Park amenities include a covered picnic pavilion, a picnic area, benches, a playground and an interpretive exhibit. The majority of this historic site is ADA compliant. The park hosts special events. For more park information read the brochure, watch the park video, and go to the Fannin Battleground SHS Home Page. Fannin, Texas is located on U.S. 59, 9.5 miles northeast of Goliad, Texas. (512) 463-7948. 734 FM 2506, Fannin, Texas 77960. Email  
 
Learn to Camp at Texas Parks & Wildlife State Parks' Outdoor Family Camping Workshops:
Theseworkshops are family camping sessions designed to teach camping skills to those who do not know how to camp; everything is provided from tent to broom. Gear includes a coffee pot, dishes, cooking pots, a camp stove, a battery operated fan and lantern, air mattresses, and a tent. Basic skills taught include pitching a tent, making a campfire, cooking on a propane camp stove, geocaching and using a GPS. Wildlife viewing, fishing and kayaking are available depending on the park and its facilities. After making reservations, families will be sent a packet of information which includes a grocery list. Those interested in this program may sign up for E-Mail Updates on Currently Scheduled Workshops. (512) 389-8903. Calendar