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    CAT SPRING, TEXAS

    Austin County, Central Texas S
    FM 1094 and FM 949
    (one mile South of Intersection)
    10 miles S of Bellville
    29 miles S of Brenham
    13 miles W of Sealy
    15 miles NE of Columbus
    40 miles NE of La Grange
    Population: 75

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Cat Spring dates from 1834 and like Frelsburg, was settled by Germans from Westphalia and Oldenburg.

    The name comes from an encounter the son of the town's founder had with a large wild cat near a spring.

    The town was granted a post office in 1878.

    The population has slowly decreased from its robust start of 350 people in 1836. Currently there are only about 75 people, the store at the crossroads one mile north, the post office and tractor graveyard.

    The large building just west of the Crossroads is one of the few remaining German-constructed Austin County Dancehalls. It is frequently used for seasonal antique shows.

    Another of these buildings sits just East of the railroad tracks off 159 in Bellville.

    Cat Spring TX Octagonal Dance Hall
    Octagonal Building
    One of the few remaining German-constructed dance halls in the area

    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
    Cat Spring TX Dance Hall
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
    Cat Spring TX Landscape
    The rolling country near Cat Spring
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    Cat Spring TX cross road store
    Cat Spring cross road
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    Cat Spring TX  stores
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    Cat Spring TX store
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    Cat Spring TX closed store
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
    Cat Spring TX sign and railroad track
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
    Cat Spring TX building with mural
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
    Cat Spring Texas post office
    The Cat Spring Post Office
    TE photo, 2000
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  • Cat Spring, Texas Forum

    Subject: Dance Hall of Austin County
    Hello, I'm sure readers have already mentioned that the Cat Spring and Bellville Turnvereins or dance halls are twelve sided, not octagonal. I think there are six such dance halls in Austin County, either octagonal or twelve sided, that are still in use. Two in the Bellville area, one in Cat Spring, one in Sealy, one in Peters and one in Wallis. Information taken from Dance Halls of Austin County, Copyright 1993. Published by the Austin County Historical Commission in Bellville, TX. Enjoy the web site. - Sincerely, Marilyn Stellberg, September 20, 2005

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