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 Texas : Towns / Central Texas South : New Bielau

NEW BIELAU, TEXAS

Colorado County, Central Texas S
FM 155 and FM 2144
3 Miles S of Weimar
W of Columbus
Population: Unknown

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New Bielau TX -Community Center Being Roofed
New Bielau Community Center Being Roofed
1955 photo courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library, Columbus, Texas

History in a Pecan Shell

Prior to the Civil War, German farming families established in Industry, Texas (Austin County) made the 50 mile trip south to settle across the Colorado River just south of Weimar. Bolstered by freshly arrived immigrants in the 1870s, the community named itself after Bielau, Germany just as Weimar, New Berlin, Westphialia, and other German-Texas settlements had named themselves after prosperous Germany cities and regional centers.

A school was in operation in the 1870s and a Methodist church was built in 1879. A second church building (Trinity Evangelical) was completed in 1888. The community's proximity to Weimar prevented its growth; but it maintained a distinct and separate identity and supported a general store. New Beilau never developed a town center since its residents were spread across the landscape. The New Bielau school merged with Weimar schools in the late 40s.

Anglo-Texan settlers maintained a separate nearby community named Content. Churches and school were shared by both communities and both are still served by the Trinity Church.


Photographer's Note:
Subject: Visiting New Bielau and Content
These are photos of 2 communities united. Only a mile or so apart they seemed to be joined in many ways. These communities were located about 4 miles south of Weimar in Colorado County and centered close to the intersection of FM155 & FM2144. - William Beauchamp
New Bielau - Content TX - School/Community Center
New Bielau - Content School/Community Center
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, December 2009
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New Bielau TX - Colorado County historic school site plaque
Colorado County Historic School Site plaque
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, December 2009

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
in Content and New Bielau

New Bielau TX - Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, December 2009
New Bielau TX - Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church historical marker
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Marker
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, December 2009
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Historical Marker Text
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
The Rev. G. Geiger organized this congregation on June 2, 1886, with a membership of six families. The church serves two communities, Content and New Bielau, located within one mile of each other. In 1888 the members constructed this church building on a three-acre tract of land they purchased two years later. A cemetery adjoins the frame structure. In 1896 a bell, named "Concordia," was placed in the steeple. A balcony and Sunday School rooms were added to the building in 1914.
New Bielau TX - New Bielau  Cemetery
New Bielau Cemetery. More Texas Cemeteries
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, December 2009
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