Castroville in Medina County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Alsatians of Texas
In 1844, Castro laid out a townsite, which the settlers chose to name Castroville. It became the center of Alsatian culture in Texas. The houses, European in style, are primarily single-story dwellings of cut limestone, mortared with adobe, and white-washed. Over the years, farming has been the major occupation of people in the area, as it was in Alsace.
The Alsatian immigrants and their descendants have made a distinct impression on area politics, holiday customs, cuisine, and religion. Winemaking, using grapes grown along the Medina River, is another early tradition that has continued over the years.
The history of Alsatians in Texas is a reflection of ethnic and cultural diversity in the state's rich heritage.
Erected 1985 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 131.)
Marker series. This marker San Antonio-El Paso Road marker series.
Location. 29° 21.375′ N, 98° 52.742′ W. Marker is in Castroville, Texas, in Medina County. Marker is at the intersection of Angelo Street and Paris Street, on the right when traveling north on Angelo Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Castroville TX 78009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Louis Day (within shouting distance of this marker); 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. 9.5 miles away); Lytle Methodist Church (approx. 10 miles away); Benton City Cemetery (approx. 11.9 miles away); Old Rock Baptist Church (approx. 16.6 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Castroville, the "little Alsace" of Texas. Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on November 24, 2014.)
2. Germans in Texas. Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on November 24, 2014.)
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
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 286 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2014, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.