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County
Austin
Region
Praries & Lakes
Population
2010 Census - 1,252
2000 Census - 1,311
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Wallis, Texas
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Wallis Texas History:
The Wallis area was first settled by Anglos in the late 1830s. The settlement that developed was known as Bovine Bend. In 1859, Kentucky natives William Henry and Lydia Ann English Guyler purchased land on the banks of the Brazos River and built a home, trading post, a sawmill and a cotton gin. The Bovine Bend post office was established in 1873 with William Guyler as postmaster. In 1880 Guyler sold 100 acres of land to the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad for their right-of-way and for a townsite. This settlement became known as Wallis Station. In 1886 the Bovine Bend post office was renamed Wallis Station; in 1911 the name was shortened to Wallis. Wallis obtained a second railroad connection in 1887 when the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway built a line to Wallis. Czech immigrants began moving into the Wallis area in around 1890. In 1892, they organized the Church of the Guardian Angel Catholic Church. The current church was built in 1913, and was the last painted church built in Texas. The town has two parks and is home to the Greater Houston Soaring Club (gliding). Wallis is located east of the San Bernard River and west of the Brazos River at the intersections of SH 36 (Commerce Street), SH 60, FM 1093 (Columbus Road), and FM 1452, 53 miles southwest of Houston, 28.5 miles southwest of Katy, 21 miles southwest of Brookshire, 16 miles southwest of Fulshear, 28 miles northwest of Needville, 17 miles northwest of Rosenberg, 24 miles north of Wharton, 24 miles northeast of Eagle Lake, 35 miles southeast of Columbus, 26 miles southeast of Bellville, 25 miles southeast of Cat Spring, 12.4 miles southeast of Sealy, and 16 miles southeast of San Felipe, Texas. 
 
History of the Painted Churches of Texas:
The more than 20 painted churches in Texas were established by German or Czech emigrants. The churches are so named because almost every interior surface area is painted in vivid colors. Some church interiors are painted in more detail than others. Wall inscriptions are in German or Czech. Many of the churches are small with high steeples. Many of the wooden churches are painted white. The 1886 Wesley Brethren Church in Wesley is the oldest and most primitive of the Painted Churches in Texas. It was a former school house. The 1913 Church of the Guardian Angel in Wallis, Texas was the last painted church built in Texas. In 1984, fifteen of these churches were added to the National Register of Historic Places. Five of the painted churches are located in Fayette County and five are located in Lavaca County. The most famous of the painted churches are the High Hill, Ammannsville, Dubina and Praha churches in Fayette County. All four of these churches are beautifully painted, and all are located within a short distance of each other. The Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce offers tours of these four churches. Call (866) 504-5294 for a tour. The majority of the painted churches offer regular mass or church services.
 
Church of the Guardian Angel (Catholic) – Painted Church, 1913, Austin County:
The church was organized in 1892 by several Czech families, their 1899 sanctuary was destroyed in the Great Storm of 1900; it was rebuilt in 1904. In 1913, a larger Gothic-style sanctuary was built. It was the last painted church built in Texas. The church was designed by Dutch architect Leo Dielman and built by Mr. Bunch; the interior painter unknown. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The church is open daily; group tours are available by appointment. (979) 478-6532. 5610 Demel Street, Wallis, Texas. From IH-10, take exit 720 at Sealy, go south approximately 10 miles to FM 1952, then turn right and drive one block to the church. 
 
Knox Memorial Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Thu, 9am-6pm; Sat, 9am-noon; closed Fridays and Sundays. (979) 478-6813. 6730 Railroad Street, Wallis, Texas.

Annual Texas Independence Day Relay, March:
This 203.2 mile relay race begins in Gonzales where the Texas Revolution began, and ends at San Jacinto Monument where Texas Independence was won. The race is composed of 40 legs of various lengths. The route passes through Shiner, Moulton, Flatonia, Schulenburg, Weimar, Borden, Columbus, Altair, Eagle Lake, Wallis, Orchard, Simonton, Fulshear, and Houston. Detailed maps for each leg will be provided in the race manual. Email 
 
Annual Wallis Fun Festival, Last Saturday in July:
Activities include games, pony rides, BBQ stands, funnel cakes, arts and crafts booths, a paintball shooting gallery, a bungee jump, live entertainment, a beauty pageant, and an evening of street dancing to country and blues music from 8:30pm to 12.30am. The American Legion Hall opens at noon, Saturday. This event is sponsored by the Wallis American Legion and the Wallis Chamber of Commerce. (979) 478-6362. 330 Legion Road.
 
Annual Wallis Fine Rides Autofest, 1st Saturday in Oct: 
The show attractswide variety of custom, street rod, antique, classic, and specialty vehicles. Activities include old rock and roll music and reasonably priced food and beverages. This event is held on the grounds on the historic painted Guardian Angel Catholic Church grounds. (979) 478-6712. 5614 Demel Street, Wallis, Texas. From IH-10, take exit 720 at Sealy, go south approximately 10 miles to FM 1952, then turn right and drive one block to the church.   2010 Email

Annual City Wide Garage Sale, 2nd Saturday in Nov:
This event is held the second Saturday in November. Over 100 individual garage sales throughout the town; welcome stations provide shoppers with maps and sale location; church locations offer food and beverages. (979) 478-6712. City Hall Email 

Annual Holiday Express Train, Kansas City Southern Railroad, Kendleton 2015, Dec:
This is an absolutely fabulous train. I sincerely hope the Kansas City Southern Railroad does not cancel this annual Christmas train run. The Holiday Express was created in 2001 after volunteers dedicated over 8,000 hours to the rigorous transformation of the retired freight train. The train was built on the tradition of the former Gateway Western (GWWR) Santa Train, which made stops in small towns from East St. Louis, Ill. to Blue Springs, Mo. (GWWR was purchased by KCS in 1997.) In 2000, KCS employees noticed that the Santa Train was the only Christmas some kids had, and that some did not have essential items such as coats, hats and gloves. The employees were so touched that they committed to elevating the project to the experience that communities throughout KCSR's service area enjoy today."  The Holiday Express train distributes gift cards to the Salvation Army to provide warm clothing and other necessities for children in need at stops along the Holiday Express route. Donations are accepted. The six-car train with Santa Claus and his elves makes stops in 25 or more communities in seven U.S. states.  Access to the train is free and open to the public. Led by KCS’ Southern Belle business train, the Holiday Express train includes a smiling tank car “Rudy”; a flat car carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread box car; the elves’ workshop; the reindeer’s stable; and a little red caboose. New in 2010 was the addition of a G-gauge Holiday Express model train that will run around the flat car during Holiday Express stops. The route varies slightly each year. The 2015 Holiday Express Schedule includes the Texas Cities of Beaumont (28 November at KCS Yard, 4095 South Martin Luther King Parkway), Beasley near Kendleton (29 November at KCS Intermodal Shipper Facility), El Campo (Evans Park on 30 November at 112 East Monseratte Street), Victoria (on 1 December at U.S. Business 59 at Burroughsville Road), Ganado (2 December at U.S. Business 59 at FM 172), and the Wharton depot at 100 North Sunset Street. It will also stop at Shreveport, Louisiana on 4 December at the KCS yard, 4500 North Lake Shore Drive, Gate 5, 71107. Shreveport is located 45 miles southeast of Jefferson, Texas, 42 miles east of Marshall, Texas, approximately 36 miles southeast of Uncertain and Karnack, Texas, and 22 miles slightly northeast of Waskom, Texas. (816) 983-1372. (816) 983-1668.
 
Annual Wallis Lighted Christmas Parade, Dec:
There will be live music, singing, and food. (979) 478-6374. Parade entry forms are available from the Wallis News Review and from Wallis City Hall at 6810 Guyler, Building B.
 
Ropers Country Store & Café:
(218) 533-0585. The restaurant is located at 37014 FM 1093 in Simonton, Texas, 11 miles northeast of Wallis. Reviews