railroad town with a spacious median between main streets and the
last switching tower left in Texas. The tower was saved
from demolition through the efforts of Flatonians Martha
and Arnold Tauch. Exceptional museum, rock buildings, and a
Theater named The Lyric. Flatonia also has many antique shops and
the town namesake's gravesite.
Every town needs a museum like this. Local and regional items, many
unique pieces. Examine the uniformed manniquins closely. Soldier
has dueling scar and WAC has bedroom eyes (she used to model lingerie).
The hours are Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fri. 8:30 a.m.
to noon. Weekends are by appointment through the Chamber.
Thing" in Flatonia, Signed by "Eddie and Monk" in December 1966
TE Photo, November 2003
Home to Chilispiel,
last full weekend in October.
Town's Newspaper, The Argus, was first printed in 1875, but
has joined the ranks of the high-school sports-and-grocery-ad school
Day the Elephant died in Flatonia
Told to the Editor by Flatonia Historian George Koudelka
Sometime way back when the 20th Century was spanking new, a circus
stopped in Flatonia.
The name has been lost, but they were indeed a circus – and had (at
least one elephant) to prove it.
For readers fortunate enough to have visited Flatonia, you may remember
that the town is bisected by the railroad tracks - with large open
spaces separating the two rows of storefronts from the tracks. Some
of this is paved now; but it was once lush greenery (except in the
Texas summer when it became crisp brownery).
Getting back to our story: more
Take a road
15 miles east
on Hwy 90 to Schulenburg
21 miles north on FM609 to LaGrange
26 miles north on Hwy 95 to Smithville
20 miles south on Hwy 95 to Shiner
with a stop at Moulton, then take Hwy 90Alt 18 miles west to Gonzales,
or 15 miles east to Hallettesville
Flatonia Chamber of Commerce
208 E. North Main * P.O. Box 610 Flatonia TX 78941
Phone (361) 865-3920
Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing
Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history
and vintage/historic photos, please contact