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HOLMAN, TEXAS

Fayette County, Central Texas S

FM 155 and FM 1965
15 Miles SE of La Grange
About 5 miles N of Weimar
Population: est. 100

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Holman TX - Pecan School Playground
Pecan School Playground, circa 1949
Courtesy Fayette County Hist. Comm.; submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn
History in a Pecan Shell

The community formed on land that had been part of a grant awarded to Jesse Burnam by Stephen F. Austin in 1824. Burnam operated a ferry across the Colorado River near Holman, which was then named Pecan (after the creek of the same name).

The town consisted of the ferry, Burham’s home and trading post and little else. After the Alamo, Houston’s army used the ferry and burned it to delay Santa Anna’s troops during the “Runaway Scrape.”

John Holman married the daughter of Burnham and in time, the name of the community was changed to Holman. Holman’s son Nat served in F Company of Terry's Texas Rangers.

From the 1850s through the mid 1870s, many of the Anglo settlers sold their land to immigrating Czech and German families and moved westward. The Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad arrived in 1873, but instead of going through Holman, the community was bypassed in favor of Weimar, drawing population and businesses from Holman.

Nevertheless, Holman continued to grow and by 1891, the town had opened its own post office (which closed in 1907). No population figures are available for the early years of Holman, but after WWII it was estimated to be around 75.

Holman’s gin closed its doors in the late 1950s and the population remained just over 100 from the late 1960s through the year 2000.

Fayette County exported sand and gravel by the trainload from this area during the 1980s and today only the store and church remain to remind visitors that Holman was once a thriving community.
Holman TX - St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 1919 dedication
St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 1919 dedication
Courtesy Fayette County Hist. Comm.; submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn
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Holman TX - St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church - Corpus Christi Day
Corpus Christi Day Celebration at the church
Courtesy Fayette County Hist. Comm.; submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn
Holman TX - St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 1919
Holman - St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 1919
Courtesy Fayette County Hist. Comm.; submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn
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TX - Holman Public School, circa 1940s
Holman Public School, circa 1940s
Courtesy Fayette County Hist. Comm.; submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn
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Holman TX - Staches Vacek General Merchandise Store
Staches Vacek General Merchandise Store, circa 1902 - 1905
Courtesy Fayette County Hist. Comm.; submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn

The Long Story of Holman, Texas

External Link:
See Holman, Texas - Looking Back by Carolyn Heinsohn


Rural Fayette County is noted for its many distinctly ethnic communities. The mailboxes and county road signs reflect the Central European heritage of the descendants of Moravians, Bohemians, Germans and German-Moravians, who began emigrating to this area in the mid-1850s. Most of the small towns disappeared from Texas maps years ago, but their heritage lives on with the families that still live in the rural environs settled by their immigrant ancestors.

Holman, Texas is one of these communities. Located in Holman Valley, it is picturesquely situated on Pecan Creek, about thirteen miles southwest of La Grange on FM 155, two miles away from the Colorado River. The country is very rich and fertile black land prairie, which was attractive to the early American settlers, who owned large cotton plantations that were worked by slaves. more
Holman Texas Grocery
Holman Grocery
TE Photo, May 2008
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Holman Texas Flag Gate
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Holman Texas sand
TE Photo, May 2008

TX Fayette County 1907 Postal Map
1907 Postal Map showing Holman (SE Fayette County)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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