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

Swedes of Texas

 
 
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By Richard Denney, November 15, 2016
1. Swedes of Texas Marker
Inscription. Swedish immigration to Texas began with the arrival of Swen Magnus Swenson in 1838. Settling first on the Gulf Coast, he became a successful businessman. In 1850 he moved to Austin, where he established a ranch in the area he later named Govalle ("Good Grazing Land"). His uncle, Svante Palm, joined him in Austin in 1850 and together they promoted Swedish immigration to Texas. By 1910 some 7,000 Swedes came to Texas and established homes, farms, businesses, and churches. Palm became a community leader and served as Swedish Consul.

Many Swedish immigrants settled in Eastern Travis and Williamson Counties, although Swedish communities were also established in other areas, including Jackson, Bastrop, Karnes, Calhoun, McCulloch, Willacy, Jones, McLennan, Harris, and Galveston counties.

Among the organizations Swedes established were Trinity College in Round Rock, Texas Wesleyan College in Austin, a Mutual Aid Society, and a Swedish language newspaper, "The Texas Posten". Churches begun by the immigrants include those of the Lutheran, Methodist, Evangelical Free, Presbyterian, and Baptist denominations. Traditional Swedish festivals such as St. Lucia and Midsummer are still celebrated in many cities.
 
Erected 1989 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15128.)
Swedes of Texas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, November 15, 2016
2. Swedes of Texas Marker
View of marker in context located near the Swedish Log Cabin, and Esperanza School Building historical markers.

 
Location. 30° 16.133′ N, 97° 46.37′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker can be reached from Barton Springs Road 0.2 miles south of MoPac Expressway (Texas Highway 1), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Zilker Park Botanical Gardens. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin TX 78746, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Swedish Log Cabin (a few steps from this marker); Esperanza School Building (a few steps from this marker); Ashford McGill House (approx. mile away); Clay Pit Bucket Tower (approx. 0.3 miles away); Andrew Jackson Zilker (approx. 0.3 miles away); Barton Springs (approx. 0.3 miles away); Travis County (approx. 0.4 miles away); Austin High School (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2016, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 16, 2016, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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