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Oldenburg in Fayette County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Oldenburg

 
 
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By Gregory Walker, September 17, 2011
1. Oldenburg Marker
Inscription. The land in this area was included in a Mexican land grant awarded to Nathaniel Townsend in 1838. Portions of the grant were sold to a succession of different people over the years, and in 1885 August Heintze and Gus Steenken, both natives of Oldenburg, Germany, founded a community and named it after their hometown.

The majority of the settlers in this area were immigrants from Germany and Bohemia. At its height Oldenburg boasted homes, farms, and a number of businesses and institutions, including stores, saloons, a cotton gin, tin shop, doctors' office, blacksmith shop, post office, church, dance halls (festplatz), and schools.

The first school in the community was known as the German and Bohemian Oldenburg School. Founded in 1898, it was succeeded in 1922 by Oldenburg Common School District No. 5. A separate school for black students opened about 1930. By 1944, both schools were consolidated with the Fayetteville School District.

Descendants of early German and Bohemian settlers continue to reside in this vicinity.
 
Erected 1990 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3838.)
 
Location. 29° 58.536′ N, 96° 45.97′ W. Marker is in Oldenburg, Texas, in Fayette County
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By Gregory Walker, September 17, 2011
2. Location of Oldenburg Marker
. Marker is on State Highway 237 0.9 miles north of State Highway 159, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Round Top TX 78954, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Asa Hill of Rutersville (approx. 2.8 miles away); Rutersville (approx. 2.8 miles away); Rabb's Prairie (approx. 6.8 miles away); Site of Svrcek Building (approx. 7.3 miles away); Site of Svrcek Garage (approx. 7.3 miles away); Zapp Building (approx. 7.3 miles away); Wandke House (approx. 7.3 miles away); Early Texas Hotels and Inns (approx. 7.5 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Oldenburg, TX, article in the Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on February 3, 2014, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2014, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 299 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 3, 2014, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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