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Industry in Austin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Industry

Site of the first Permanent Settlement in Texas

 

— 1831 —

 
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By James Hulse, January 19, 2021
1. Industry Marker
Inscription.  

Founded by Friedrich Ernst • Born
at Varel, Oldenburg, Germany •
Immigrated to America, 1829 and to
Texas in 1831 • Died here in 1858 • The
Town was laid out in 1838
 
Erected 1936 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 2644.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments series list.
 
Location. 29° 58.7′ N, 96° 30.214′ W. Marker is in Industry, Texas, in Austin County. Marker is on Schroeder Road ¼ mile west of Ernst Parkway (Farm to Market Road 109), on the left when traveling west. The marker is located in the front section of the Ernst Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Industry TX 78944, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Friedrich Ernst (a few steps from this marker); John Friedrich Ernst, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Industry Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Fordtran
Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, January 19, 2021
2. Industry Marker
(approx. 1.1 miles away); New Ulm Cemetery (approx. 5.1 miles away); Frnka Family Cemetery (approx. 5.1 miles away); Henniger Family Cemetery (approx. 5.6 miles away); Wesley Brethren Church (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Industry.
 
Also see . . .  Industry, Texas. Its first residents were Johann Friedrich Ernst and his family, who had come from Germany, briefly resided in New York, and en route to Missouri learned about free land available in Texas. The Mexican government granted Ernst a league of land on April 16, 1831, and Charles Fordtran, who had accompanied the family to Texas, received a quarter of it as payment for surveying the entire tract. Ernst established his home on the eastern part of his league near the main road from San Felipe to Bastrop. "Ernst's Place" established a reputation as a resting place for immigrants and travelers.  Source: The Handbook of Texas (Submitted on January 24, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 23, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 24, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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