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Castroville in Medina County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

St. Louis Day

St. Louis Day Marker image. Click for full size.
By William F Haenn, May 11, 2013
1. St. Louis Day Marker
Inscription. Since as early as 1847 residents of Castroville have conducted a community holiday on or about the 25th of August--the Catholic observance of the Feast of St. Louis. Local tradition recalls that early processions escorted clergy from the priests' house adjacent to St. Louis Church, with clanging of anvils and the blare of the community band.

Through the years a picnic became traditional on the church grounds following High Mass. Before the festivities, men smoked sausage and pit-barbecued beef. Women prepared potato salad, cabbage slaw, and desserts. An evening dance in a local establishment ended the day-long celebration.

The St. Louis Society, founded in 1875, traditionally organized the event. Since 1889 the celebration has raised funds for the benefit of the Parish church and school. After the 1920s, the picnic and dance were held at Wernette's Garden. That site (4 blocks NNW) was donated to the parish and renamed Koenig Park in 1949. The dance pavilion there was erected in 1953.

The celebration is now held annually on the Sunday nearest August 25. The procession begins at the church after Mass, and winds through the city to Koenig Park for the picnic lunch and evening dance.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986

Erected 1986
St. Louis Day Marker location image. Click for full size.
By William F Haenn, May 11, 2013
2. St. Louis Day Marker location
by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5054.)
Location. 29° 21.355′ N, 98° 52.757′ W. Marker is in Castroville, Texas, in Medina County. Marker is at the intersection of Angelo Street and Paris Street, on the left when traveling north on Angelo Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 610 Madrid Street, Castroville TX 78009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Alsatians of Texas (within shouting distance of this marker); Moye (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church of Lytle (approx. 9.2 miles away); Town of Quihi (approx. 9.2 miles away); Atascosa Lodge No. 379, A.F. and A.M. (approx. 9˝ miles away); Lytle Methodist Church (approx. 9.9 miles away); Benton City Cemetery (approx. 11.9 miles away); Old Rock Baptist Church (approx. 16.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Castroville.
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St. Louis Church Rectory image. Click for full size.
By William F Haenn, May 11, 2013
3. St. Louis Church Rectory
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2014, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 22, 2014, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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