Praries & Lakes
2010 Census - Unknown
2000 Census - 175
Shelby, Texas
Shelby Texas History:
The area was first settled in the 1820s by David Shelby, a member of Stephen F. Austin’s Old Three Hundred colony. A Texas Historical Marker commemorating Shelby is located at Old Shelby Farm near Shelby. The town was founded by Otto von Röder, who constructed a grain mill at the site around 1841. The community was originally known as Rodersuhl, or Roders Mill. By the mid-1840s a number of German families began moving into the area. In 1845, August Vogelsang purchased the mill from Roder. The Shelby post office opened in 1846, and was discontinued in 1912. A singing society was founded in 1852, and the first school was built in 1854. Since the early 1900s Shelby has maintained a population of around 200. Shelby is located at the intersection of FM 1457 and FM 389, 24 miles northeast of La Grange, 12 miles northeast of Fayetteville, 32 miles southwest of Somerville, 23.6 miles southwest of Brenham, 6.9 miles southeast of Winedale, 8.3 miles southeast of Round Top, 15.5 miles southeast of Carmine, and 23 miles northwest of Bellville, Texas.  
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 
Fayetteville Country Music Show, Last Monday of each Month in Shelby, Texas:
This shows feature traditional, classic country music, western swing, and gospel music. Doors open at 6pm and the show is from 6:30pm to 9pm. Meals are sold by the American Legion Post 602. Admission is $5 per adult; kids 10 and younger enter free. This event is at the American Legion Hall in Shelby Teas, 4019 FM 1457. (281) 684-4082. (512) 963-6951.  
Annual The Original Round Top Antiques Fair, March/April, Sept/Oct:
Carmine has several antique stores, and sponsors antique shows. The Original Round Top Antiques Fair holds three annual shows which include the Spring and Fall Antique Fairs held during Antique Weekend, and the Winter Antique Show. These shows are held at venues in Carmine, Warrenton, and Round Top, Texas. Carmine vendors are located at the Carmine Dance Hall. A free shuttle runs between the Dance Hall and the Red Barn in Round Top. During Antique Week, shops in Carmine open early, and remain open late. Some vendors prefer cash to credit cards. ((512) 237-4747. (512) 913-3562.
Annual Antique Weekend, March/April and Sept/Oct:
Antique Weekendis a HUGE antique, craft, art and collectible gathering that attracts thousands of dealers from across the country where they are joined by tens of thousands of buyers. Shows are held in March/April and the end of September to early Oct. The fall and spring shows are preceded by a preview weekend (most dealers are open this set-up weekend). Each show consists of 30 or more smaller shows that are held in several rural Round Rock area communities including, Round Top, Warrenton, Carmine, Burton, Oldenburg, Fayetteville and Shelby, Texas. Email  Facebook
Annual Shakespeare at Winedale, April, and the Months of July & August, Winedale, TX:
Annually during July and August, and the last Friday and Saturday in April, University of Texas students perform Shakespearean Plays. The performance venue is a restored log barn on the grounds of the Winedale Historical Institute. An admission fee applies. (512) 471-4726; this phone is answered when the staff is at the UT campus office; they are not in the office during evenings and weekends, or when the staff is at Winedale. Shows are held on FM 2714 in Winedale. (512) 471-4726. Click for Schedules and ticket sales.
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
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Austin County Bird Checklist
Austin County Bird Checklist with Photos
Kleb Woods Bird Checklist, Hockley
Katy Prairie Bird Checklist, Katy
Bear Creek Pioneers Park Bird Checklist, Katy
Texas Wildflowers:
Due to budget constraints, TX-DOT no longer maintains a website offering spring wildflower sightings. Information is available at the Texas Highways Magazine.
Snow Farm Disc Golf, Winedale:
This 18-hole course was established in 1994. Camping is available. Visitors must call for permission. Home: (279) 278-3536. Work: (979) 451-2069. From Austin, I-290 east 73 miles, right on Spur 458 in Carmine to Hwy 237, right to Round Top, left at light, left 1457 3.5 mi., left 2714 past Winedale, right on Muske-Ullrich Rd., 0.7 miles to a left into Snow Farm.
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.
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
Lake Somerville Information:
The Lake Somerville dam is located on Yegua Creek, 20 miles upstream from the creek’s mouth on the Brazos River, and approximately 2 miles south of the town of Somerville. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began construction of the dam in June 1962. Impoundment began in January 1967. The Brazos River Authority operates the lake for flood control purposes, municipal water supply, recreational uses and other needs. The reservoir covers 11,630 surface acres, has 85 miles of shoreline, and has a maximum depth of 38 feet. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns and manages Rocky Creek and Yegua Creek Parks on Lake Somerville. The remaining parklands are leased out to private and government entities. The Big Creek Park and Marina is privately managed. Welch Park is leased and managed by the City of Somerville. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department leased the land for the Lake Somerville State Park complex from the federal government in 1969. The state park includes the Nails Creek and Birch Creek Units, the Lake Somerville Trailway, and the Somerville Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The town of Somerville is the closest lake town. Other nearby towns include Burton and Brenham, Texas. For more complete lake information, go to the Lake Somerville Home Page. Lake Location Map  Current Lake Level  Lake Somerville Facilities Map 
Lake Somerville State Park Information:
The park consists of the 2,365 acre Birch Creek Unit (near Somerville), the 3,155 acre Nails Creek Unit (near Ledbetter), and the Somerville Wildlife Management Area (WMA) which consists of 3,180 acres in the Yegua Creek Compartment in southwest Burleson County and the Nails Creek Compartment in northeast Lee County. The Nails Creek and Birch Creek Units are connected by the Lake Somerville Trailway, a 13 mile trail system. The 350 surface acre Flag Pond was impounded on Yegua Creek and is located on the Somerville Trailway. The Lake Somerville dam was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1962 and 1967. The dam is located on Yegua Creek, 20 miles upstream from its mouth on the Brazos River. Whitewater rafting is available on the Brazos River. The reservoir covers 11,630 surface acres and has 85 miles of shore. The state park land was leased from the Federal Government in 1969 and opened to the public in 1970. For more information read the June 2007 Park of the Month Article, watch the Park Video, and go to the Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway Home Page. Park entrance and camping fees apply.
Somerville Wildlife Management Area Information:
The 3,180 acre Wildlife Management Area is part of the Lake Somerville State Park complex. The WMA land includes the Yegua Creek Compartment in southwest Burleson County, and the Nails Creek Compartment in northeast Lee County. The Yegua Creek WMA Compartment features a nature trail, former oil field roads, and hunter access trails. There are no restroom facilities. Bring your own potable water. Hunting, hiking, biking and wildlife viewing (songbirds and migrant waterfowl) are favorite activities. The Somerville WMA is open year round, except when closed for Special Permit Hunts. The WMA is located forty miles southwest of Bryan, and twenty miles north of Giddings, Texas. For more complete WMA information, go to the Somerville WMA Home Page. To reach the Nails Creek Unit, take U.S. 290 from Giddings six miles to FM 180. Go left on FM 180 and drive to the park headquarters and the information and registration station. To reach the Yegua Creek Unit, take FM 141 east from Giddings to CR 340. Turn right on CR 430; drive two miles to the check in station on your right. A second check-in station is located on the other side of Yegua Creek in Burleson County.
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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