Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Swedes of Texas
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.)
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. ¼ 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.
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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.