“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

J.P. Schneider Store

J.P. Schneider Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, September 9, 2007
1. J.P. Schneider Store Marker
Inscription. In the mid-1860s, shortly after the Civil War, Jacob Peter “Jake” Schneider (1852-1925) began working in William Brueggerhoff’s general mercantile store, and part-time as a legislative page in the Capitol. About 1870, he and his mother, Margarita Schneider, opened a store on the corner across the street (north). Brueggerhoff helped stock the enterprise in payment of a debt. In 1873, as the business expanded, Schneider built this two-story brick structure, and converted the older building into storage space, called the “Flour House”. The Schneider residence was also across the street.

The basement of the Schneider store contained meats, vats of wine and whiskey, and molding cheeses, and the upper two stories housed large stocks of food and clothing. Schneider also operated a wagon yard south and west of the store, complete with two camp houses for travelers. After Schneider’s death the store was managed by a son, F. Ralph Schneider, who added a saloon in the rear of the building after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. Business operations ceased in 1935, and the structure has since housed electrical and lumber companies, and an art gallery. It has been damaged twice by fire in recent years, and is still owned by the Schneider family.
Erected 1974 by the Texas
J.P. Schneider Store image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, September 9, 2007
2. J.P. Schneider Store
Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6450.)
Location. 30° 15.914′ N, 97° 44.871′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 W 2nd St, Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Congress Avenue (approx. ¼ mile away); Shoal Creek (approx. ¼ mile away); Austin, C.S.A. (approx. ¼ mile away); Original Site of First Methodist Church of Austin (approx. ¼ mile away); Southwestern Telegraph & Telephone Building (approx. ¼ mile away); Claudia Taylor Johnson Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Seaholm Power Plant (approx. 0.3 miles away); O. Henry Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
Categories. Notable Buildings
Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 886 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 16, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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