New Ulm Texas History:
In 1841, James C. Duff acquired the title to, and built on the land that New Ulm was founded. The settlement that grew up on the land was originally called Duff’s Settlement. After 1845, German immigrants from nearby Industry, Shelby and Nassau Farm settled in the community. The New Ulm post office was established in 1852, and named after the well-known city in Würtemberg, Germany, the province from which most early inhabitants had originally emigrated. In the mid-1850s, residents established a turnverein (athletic club) and a rifle club. The arrival of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad line in 1892 spurred the town’s growth. The town shipped cotton, poultry, eggs, and butters to markets in surrounding counties. Richard King of the King Ranch settled in New Ulm long enough to try his hand at cigar manufacturing before heading south. The 1990 census was 650 residents. This town is located at the intersection of FM 1094 (Bastrop Road) and FM 109 (Ernst Parkway), 16.8 miles northeast of Ellinger, 4 miles northeast of Frelsburg, 34 miles east of La Grange, 18.5 miles east of Fayetteville, 21 miles southeast of Round Top, 38 miles south of Somerville, 6 miles south of Industry, 22 miles slightly southwest of Brenham, 21.4 miles southwest of Bellville, 28 miles northwest of San Felipe, 22.5 miles northwest of Sealy, 12 miles northwest of Cat Spring, and 16.6 miles north of Columbus, Texas.
Historic New Ulm Texas Historical Marker Text:
“First known as Duff's settlement in honor of James C. Duff to whom the land was granted in 1841 settled by Germans after 1845 and renamed in honor of the German City of Ulm.”
Historical Mary Theresa Juergens, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“(1809-October 31, 1891) German natives Conrad and Mary Theresa Hennecke Juergens came to Texas in 1833, the year of their marriage, and built a cabin near this site. In March 1836 as the Texas Revolution was raging, many Texas settlers, in fear of the advancing Mexican army, fled their homes in what became known as the Runaway Scrape. The Juergens family chose to remain, but soon were victims of a raid by Indians, thought to be members of the coastal Karankawa tribe. Conrad Juergens was wounded, and Mary and two of Conrad Juergens' young sons from a previous marriage were captured. Pregnant at the time of her kidnapping, Mary gave birth to a girl, Jane Margret, while in captivity. Months later, mother and daughter were ransomed at Coffee's Trading Post on the Red River, suggesting they were traded by the Karankawas to a nomadic tribe. The Juergens' sons were not rescued. Mary and Jane returned to Conrad, but he died within two years. After a brief second marriage to George Grimes, Mary married Samuel Redgate in 1843. They moved to Dayton, Ohio, where Mary died in 1891. Redgate and Jane Margret returned to Texas and settled in Parker County, where in 1936 the State of Texas erected a monument at their graves to honor them and Mary.” From Industry, take FM 109 south about 2.4 miles then go west on Track Rd. From New Ulm, take Track Road 3.5 northwest, out west of FM 109.
Harmonie Dance Hall, Shelby, TX:
The hall hosts live music and other events including antique shows. Click on the above link for the event schedule. (979) 836-7474. (979) 836-8735. The hall is located northeast of Fayetteville and southwest of Brenham at 509 West FM 389 in Shelby, Texas. Take FM 389 Southwest to Shelby, Continue on FM 389 for 0.5 miles past the intersection of FM 389 & FM 1457; Harmonie Hall will be located on your right. Map Shelby Texas Area Map
Annual New Ulm Volunteer Fire Department Annual Feast, Sept:
The 12pm meal features BBQ beef, pork, sausage, and sides. It is followed by an auction and a raffle drawing. This event is held at the New Ulm VFD Firemen’s Hall. (979) 992-3460.
Annual New Ulm Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest, October:
Activities include a parade, and German food, live music, and activities at the New Ulm Fireman’s Park Pavilion. This event is usually held the first Saturday in October. It is held in downtown New Ulm at Pecan Street and FM 1094. Call the Industry State Bank for more information at (979) 992-3391. Email
Texas Star Café, New Ulm:
This restaurant is a very popular with the locals and those living in the surrounding area. It serves home style cooking. Open Mon-Sat, 8am-2pm. (979) 992-3522. The restaurant is located at 24131 Bastrop Street, New Ulm. The restaurant is located at 24131 Bastrop Road (FM 1094), New Ulm, Texas.
Cascades Restaurant at the Falls Golf Course & Resort, New Ulm:
Offers fine dining in a cedar and pine forest environment. Lakes connected by cascading waterfalls wind through the property. Enjoy viewing the domestic and exotic animals that wander through the property. (979) 992-3123. The restaurant is located at 1750 North Falls Drive, New Ulm, Texas. Reviews
Carol's Restaurant at Cat Spring:
This country themed restaurant serves steaks, pastas, seafood, salads bison filet, charbroiled tenderloin filet with port wine sauce, mushroom chowder, and other wonderful menu items on white cloth covered tables; brunch is served on Sundays. The restaurant is owned by Carol Davis. Open Fri-Sat, 6pm-9:30pm, Sun, 11am-2:30pm. (979) 865-1100. The restaurant is located at 10745 FM 949, Cat Spring, Texas 78933. Cat Spring is located 30 miles slightly southeast of Fayetteville, 10.4 miles southwest of Bellville, 13 miles northwest of Sealy, and 18.5 miles northwest of San Felipe, Texas. Cat Spring Texas Map; Click to Enlarge Cat Spring Texas Area Map Yelp Reviews Tripadvisor Reviews
Lodging in New Ulm:
The proximity to Round Top means lodging in April and October are virtually sold out due to the antique shows in Round Top. Also try Fayetteville Lodging.
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Upper Texas Gulf Coastal Region:
Katy Prairie Loop:
Addicks, Clodine, Sugar Land, Katy, Brookshire, Pattison, San Felipe, Burleigh, Bellville, Monaville, Prairie View, Waller, Hockley
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Bear Creek Pioneers Park Bird Checklist,
Due to budget constraints, TX-DOT no longer maintains a website offering spring wildflower sightings. Information is available at the Texas Highways Magazine
The Falls Golf Resort and Club:
(979) 992-3123. (281) 220-2609. 1750 North Falls Drive, New Ulm, TX 78950. Reviews
Fayette County Reservoir Information:
The 2,400 surface acre lake was impounded on the Colorado River in 1978. The average lake depth is 70 feet. The lake offers great year round bass fishing due to being warmed by the Fayette Power Plant. Park Prairie and Oak Thicket parks are located on the north end of the lake. For more complete lake information, go to the Fayette County Reservoir Home Page
. The lake is located 4 miles west of Fayetteville on SH 159. (979) 378-2129. Lake Location Map TPWD Public Access Facilities Map
Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site Information:
In 1848, the remains of the Texans killed in the Dawson Massacre and Black Bean Death Lottery were retrieved from their original burial sites and on September 18, 1848, were reinterred in a common tomb within a sandstone vault on Monument Hill in La Grange, Texas. In 1849, German immigrant Heinrich Ludwig Kreische purchased 172 acres of land which included the Monument Hill tomb. He built a three story house, and added the brewery in 1860. By 1879, the brewery was the third largest operating brewery in Texas. Kreische’s main product was “Kreische’s Bluff Beer.” Kreische maintained the tomb until his death in 1882. After his death, the tomb fell in disrepair. The brewery closed in 1884. Because the tomb was frequently vandalized, the Kreische family requested several times to have the tomb removed from the property. In 1905, the Texas legislature authorized the acquisition of the tomb and 0.36 acres. In 1936, theTexas Centennial Commission erected a 48 foot tall shell stone monument with an art deco mural to prominently mark the mass grave. The bronze angel guarding the crypt was sculpted by a famous Franco-American sculptor. In 1949, the tomb site was transferred to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. In 1956, the Archbishop of San Antonio and the citizens of Fayette County deeded 3.58 acres to the site, and in 1977, the 36 acre Kreische Brewery and Kreische Home sites were added. The park opened to the public in 1983. Monument Hill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours of both sites are available at scheduled times and by special arrangement. Site admission is free. This historic site is located at 414 State Loop 92, La Grange, Texas. For more complete park information, read the Park Brochure
, watch the Park Video
, and go to the Monument Hill SHS Home Page
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
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.
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