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CARMINE, TEXAS

Fayette County, Central Texas S
at Fayette County / Washington County line

30 8' 57" N, 96 41' 18" W (30.149167, -96.688333)
Highway 290
18 miles W of Brenham
91 miles W of Houston
15 miles E of Giddings
70 miles E of Austin
Population: 250 (2010) 228 (2000) 192 (1990)

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Carmine Texas
Carmine on Highway 290
TE photo, September 2004

History in a Pecan Shell

Originally called Sylvan, the name was changed to honor Newton Carmean, the first postmaster in 1892. Although it's spelled Carmine, the pronunciation remains Car-mean.

A Dr. B. J. Thigpen was promised the job of railroad agent when the Texas and New Orleans Railroad built through the area. He moved his family to Carmine on Christmas Day, 1885. Thigpen's job was to promote the town and he did. In 1900 there were four stores, four saloons, two blacksmiths shops, and a newspaper.

In 1950 Carmine had a population of 650 which declined to 239 by the mid 80s to its present estimate of 228. Carmine and Round Top share their schools. Round Top has the elementary school while Carmine maintains the high school.

The railroad track was removed sometime in the early 80s and the chamber of commerce operates from the former depot.

Carmine's bank has been robbed twice. In the 1930s by Ray Hamilton and Associates, members of the Barrow gang, and in recent years by amateurs from Austin who were apprehended before getting as far as Giddings.

Carmine TX - Emil Eichler Cotton Gin
Emil Eichler Cotton Gin in Carmine
Courtesy of Fern Price, Submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn, FCHC
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Antiquing in Carmine

Today the majority of stores along the highway are antique dealers.
Carmine Texas depot and Chamber of Commerce
Carmine Chamber of Commerce housed in the former depot
TE Photo, September 2004
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St. Matthew Missionary Church in Carmine Texas
St. Matthew Missionary Church in Carmine Texas
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2005
AME Church Carmine Texas
The AME Church in Carmine
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2005
The closed Jones Colony Church, Carmine, Texas
The closed Jones Colony Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2005
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Wisteria in full bloom in Carmine TX
Wisteria in full bloom in Carmine
TE photo, March 3009

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