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WALDECK, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Fayette County, Central Texas S

FM 1291 and FM 2145
About 13 Miles N of La Grange
About 6.5 Miles S of Ledbetter
About 15 Miles SE of Giddings
Population: 00035

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Waldeck TX - American Party Band Waldeck Hall
American Party Band and Waldeck Hall
Courtesy Fayette Co Hist Comm; submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn FCHC member

History in a Pecan Shell

Count Ludwig Joseph von Boos-Waldeck is the community’s namesake. The count was head of a German Immigration Society when that organization bought the site in 1843. First known as Long Prairie, Texas, a post office was opened under that name in 1860.

The Long Prairie German Company (Infantry) was mustered in at the start of the Civil War. This was ironic since most German immigration was undertaken to avoid conscription in Europe.

Long Prairie’s post office closed in 1876 but reopened under the name Waldeck in 1881. It stayed open until its permanent closure in 1925.

In 1900 Waldeck was peaking. Besides the post office, the community was a voting precinct and had a saloon, store, blacksmith and cotton gin.

Corn and cotton were principle crops although the soil was considered poor and the area was prone to flooding. By 1950 Waldeck had just two businesses to serve a population of 60.

Children who had once attended the Waldeck school were sent to the consolidated Round TopCarmine schools. By the 1980s, Waldeck had an estimated population of 35 people living in dispersed households.

The same population was used for the 2000 census.
TX - Waldeck School 1937
Waldeck School, 1937
Courtesy Fayette Co Hist Comm; submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn FCHC member
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Waldeck TX - Albers Saloon 1907
Albers Saloon, 1907
Courtesy Fayette Co Hist Comm; submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn FCHC member

Waldeck Today

TX - Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church
Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
TX - Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church historical marker
Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church historical marker
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
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TX - Waldeck Store
Waldeck Store
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
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Waldeck TX Historic Farm
Texas Historic Farm
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
TX Waldeck Barn
Barn
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
TX - Waldeck Cemetery
Waldeck Cemetery
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011

Waldeck Cemetery

This cemetery has served the Waldeck community of German immigrants for over 100 years. Originally known as Long Prairie, the community met in 1866 to erect a school/church building and to establish a cemetery. Louis Tittel deeded six acres of land which became the cemetery. There were existing graves in the north corner, though the earliest marked grave is dated 1871. Burials include many German immigrants, and veterans of wars from the Civil War to the Vietnam War. This cemetery contains more than 530 graves, and continues to serve the Waldeck community.
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TX - Waldeck Cemetery sign
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
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TX - Waldeck Sign
Waldeck Sign
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
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Fayette County Long Prairie TX info
Long PrairieTX 1860s Postmark
Cover cancelled with Long Prairie, Texas 1860s Postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
TX Fayette County vintage map
Fayette County map showing location of Long Prairie (Waldeck)
Modification of Texas General Land Office 1920s map
Fayette County Waldeck TX info
WaldeckTX 1909 Postmark
Postcard cancelled with Waldeck, Texas 1909 Postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
TX Fayette County 1907 postal map
Fayette County 1907 postal map showing Waldeck (NE corner)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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