TexasEscapes.com HOME Welcome to Texas Escapes
A magazine written by Texas
Custom Search
New   |   Texas Towns   |   Ghost Towns   |   Counties   |   Trips   |   Features   |   Columns   |   Architecture   |   Images   |   Archives   |   Site Map

Fayette Co
Fayette County

Texas Towns
A - Z
La Grange Hotels

More Hotels

OLDENBURG, TEXAS

Fayette County, Central Texas South

29 58' 36" N, 96 45' 54" W (29.976667, -96.765)

Highway 159
7 miles NE of LaGrange the county seat
10 miles W of Fayetteville
30 miles SW of Brenham
Population: 30 (2000) 54 (1990)

Book Hotel Here › La Grange Hotels
Oldenburg, Texas store historic photo
Oldenburg's Aschen and Heintze Store
Courtesy Fayette Heritage Museum & Archives
 
History in a Pecan Shell

Oldenburg was settled in 1886, and they received their post office the following year. Many of the German immigrants in this part of Texas were from the Duchys of Oldenburg and Westphalia back in Germany. They had previously been in the Cat Spring / Frelsburg area, but were looking for greener pastures now that the Indian threat was gone and the Civil War over.

Another group moved to Falls County where they named their town Westphalia.
old store in Oldenburg, Texas
The old Store in Oldenburg
TE photo, 2001
The school in Oldenburg did not teach the necessary grades for high school graduations, so students in their last years traveled to either LaGrange or Fayetteville. In 1944 it was consolidated into the Fayetteville Rural District and the building was sold at auction and was rebuilt as a barn.

A reunion was held in 1974. The year the school closed, schoolteachers were making $100.00 per month. The total yearly salary was $880.00. When Oldenburg competed with area schools, they were known as the Oldenburg Owls.
Texas unusual German architecture
An unusual structure in Oldenburg
TE photo, 2001
Oldenburg never really became a population center. They traded in LaGrange and voted in Rutersville. The population was a mere 150 in 1950 and the 1990 census showed only 54 people called Oldenburg home.
Oldenburg Hammer Fest metal sign
Oldenburg Hammer Fest sign
TE photo, 2001

Oldenburg, Texas Forum

Subject: Oldenburg
Several years ago my folks traveled through your town of Oldenburg and took a picture in front of the store. Our family name is Oldenburg, so I thought I'd look you up on the internet. I found the information very interesting and enjoyed the pictures there. Thank you - Marcia Oldenburg, November 18, 2005


Anyone wishing to share history or photos of Oldenburg, Texas, please contact us.


John Troesser
Sources: The Handbook of Texas Online
Fayette County: Past and Present, Edited by Marjorie Williams, 1976

Take a road trip

Oldenburg, Texas Nearby Towns:
LaGrange the county seat
Fayetteville
Brenham
See Fayette County | Central Texas South

Book Hotel Here:
La Grange Hotels | More Hotels
Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories, landmarks and vintage/historic photos, please contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Texas Towns A - Z Texas Regions:
Gulf Texas Gulf Coast East East Texas North Central Texas North Central Woutn Central Texas South Panhandle Texas Panhandle
South South Texas Hill Texas Hill Country West West Texas Ghost Texas Ghost Towns counties Texas Counties

Texas Escapes Online Magazine »   Archive Issues » Home »
TEXAS TOWNS & COUNTIES TEXAS LANDMARKS & IMAGES TEXAS HISTORY & CULTURE TEXAS OUTDOORS MORE
Texas Counties
Texas Towns A-Z
Texas Ghost Towns

TEXAS REGIONS:
Central Texas North
Central Texas South
Texas Gulf Coast
Texas Panhandle
Texas Hill Country
East Texas
South Texas
West Texas

Courthouses
Jails
Churches
Schoolhouses
Bridges
Theaters
Depots
Rooms with a Past
Monuments
Statues

Gas Stations
Post Offices
Museums
Water Towers
Grain Elevators
Lodges
Stores
Banks

Vintage Photos
Historic Trees
Cemeteries
Old Neon
Ghost Signs
Signs
Murals
Gargoyles
Pitted Dates
Cornerstones
Then & Now

Columns: History/Opinion
Texas History
Small Town Sagas
Black History
WWII
Texas Centennial
Ghosts
People
Animals
Food
Music
Art

Books
Texas Railroads

Texas Trips
Texas Drives
Texas State Parks
Texas Rivers
Texas Lakes
Texas Forts
Texas Trails
Texas Maps
USA
MEXICO
HOTELS

Site Map
About Us
Privacy Statement
Disclaimer
Contributors
Staff
Contact Us

 
Website Content Copyright Texas Escapes LLC. All Rights Reserved