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AMMANNSVILLE, TEXAS

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Texas Ghost Town
Fayette County, Central Texas S

29 47' 21" N, 96 51' 31" W (29.789167, -96.858611)
Farm Road 1383 (off Hwy 77)
9 miles SE of La Grange
8 miles NE of Schulenburg
26 miles NE of Hallettsville
28 miles NW of Columbus
Population: 42 (2000, 1990)

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Ammannsville, TX St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and School, - 1930s
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and School, 1930s
Courtesy Fayette Co Hist Comm; submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn FCHC member

History in a Pecan Shell

Named after the town's first settler, Andrew Ammann, Ammannsville was settled by German and Czech immigrants in the 1870s.

In 1876 the first business opened, and by 1879 the town had a post office which operated until 1906.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and a school opened in 1890. Destroyed by the hurricane of 1909, the church was rebuilt. It burned shortly thereafter and had to be rebuilt a second time.

Although 800 people once lived in the immediate area, only a fraction of them actually lived in the town proper.

Today the community consists of the KJT Hall, the church, an old cotton gin and a few residences.


Ammannsville Today
- photo gallery
Ammannsville Vintage Photos

KJT Hall, Ammannsville, Texas
TE Photo, 9-6-04
The Old KJT Hall by David Knape
Ammansville, Texas - painted church St. John the Baptist  Catholic Church
Ammannsville's Painted Church
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

TE Photo, 3-01
TX - Ammannsville Cemetery
"The tombstone (far left) of my great-grandparents, Peregrin & Filomena Fiser, who donated part of the land for the church and school in 1889, as well as the altar for the first church."
- Carolyn Heinsohn, November 2013 photo
TX - Ammannsville Cemetery cross
Ammannsville Cemetery
TE Photo
TX - Ammannsville Cemetery angel
Ammannsville Cemetery
TE Photo
Ammannsville TX- Osina Farm
The Osina farm south of the cemetery
Photo courtesy Carolyn Heinsohn, November 2013
Ammannsville TX- Osina Farm
"The Osina farm south of the cemetery that was once owned by my great-great aunt and uncle, Josef and Magdalena Vacek, ancestors of the Osinas. The Vaceks also donated land carved out of their farm for the cemetery and church."
- Carolyn Heinsohn, November 2013 photo
Ammannsville TX Cemetery
View of the cemetery from
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
TE Photo, 3-01
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Ammannsville, Texas old cotton gin
The former cotton gin
TE Photo, 9-6-04
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Ammannsville TX - Dobrava Cowboys
Dobrava "cowboys" on farm just south of Ammannsville's Catholic Church
Courtesy Fayette Co Hist Comm; submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn FCHC member
Ammannsville TX - Adolph Kristek's Garage , circa 1916
Adolph Kristek's Garage in Ammannsville, circa 1916 when it was built; multiple owners operated it until 1956.
Courtesy Fayette Co Hist Comm; submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn FCHC member
Ammannsville TX - Adolph Kristek's Garage , circa 1916
Courtesy Fayette Co Hist Comm; submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn FCHC member
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Ammannsville Texas road sign
Ammannsville road sign
TE Photo, 9-6-04
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Homage to Ammannsville

by David Knape

  • Off the Beaten Path
  • Stories Of Ammannsville
  • I am the Ghost of Ammannsville
  • The Secret Of Ammannsville
  • The Painted Church
  • The Old KJT Hall
  • One-Way Stop
  • The Old Ammannsville Drug Store
  • The House on the Hill
  • Little Country Church
  • Ammannsville Moon

  • Ammannsville, Texas Forum
    Subject: Ammannsville vs Ammansville
    Regarding your article on Ammannsville, TX, I would like to point out that... the correct spelling is Ammannsville (two n's). Thanks! The founder was my great-great grandfather. - Sincerely, Mary Ann Ammann Richey, September 03, 2004

    Fayette County Texas 1907 Postal map
    Fayette County Texas 1907 Postal map showing Ammannsville
    (NE of Schulenburg
    near Colorado County line)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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