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INDUSTRY, TEXAS

Austin County, Central Texas South

29 58' 3" N, 96 29' 50" W (29.9675, -96.497222)
Hwy 159 and FM 109
15 miles W of Bellville, the county seat
13 miles S of Brenham
6 miles N of New Ulm
13 miles E of Fayetteville
15 miles E of Round Top via FM1457
Population: 325 est. (2016) 304 (2010, 2000)

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Industry TX First post office

Industry former post office - "First Post Office west of Galveston, built 1838"
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011

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Industry, Texas Topics:

History in a Pecan Shell
Industry Landmarks

Photo gallery including:
  • Churches
  • Cemetery
  • Historical Markers
    et al.
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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Industry is always mentioned in any history relating to the settlement of Germans in Texas. Johann Frederich Ernst came to the area via New York and Missouri. Ernst received a grant of land directly from the Mexican government in 1831. After independence from Mexico, the fledgling Republic of Texas granted a post office to the town that had grown from "Ernst's Place" to Industry.

    The name it is said, was given to the residents for their hard-working attitude by their Anglo neighbors.

    Tobacco was a major crop at first and Industry as well as New Ulm manufactured cigars. Cotton became the dominant crop before the Civil War and continued after.

    The population started decreasing from the time of the Depression through the 1960s. Ranching gradually replaced farming and today about the only cotton seen is in the tops of aspirin bottles.

    1936 Texas Centennial Marker:

    Industry

    Site of the first permanent German settlement in Texas, 1831. Founded by Friedrich Ernst, born at Varel, Oldenburg, Germany. Immigrated to America, 1829 and to Texas in 1831. Died here in 1858. The town was laid out in 1838.

    Industry Landmarks & Attractions

    True to its name, Industry today continues to be a vibrant community although there are many larger towns nearby. A car dealership, lumberyard, concrete company and bank all do business here and recently Industry has acquired a library.

    The Lindemann store continues to operate at the intersection of FM 109 and Highway 159. This family business has been in Industry for generations and there are several older buildings in town that are former Lindemann groceries. - one just finishing a remodeling.
    Industry TX Immaculate Conception Church

    Industry Immaculate Conception Church
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011

    Industry TX - Industry Brethren Church

    Industry Brethren Church
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, February 2009

    Industry TX - Cherry Chapel United Methodist Church

    Cherry Chapel United Methodist Church
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, February 2009

    Industry TX - Industry United Methodist Church sign on windmill

    Industry United Methodist Church
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011

    Industry TX - New United Methodist Church

    Industry United Methodist Church
    1914 Main Street - Industry, TX 78944
    (979) 357-2136
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011

    Industry TX - Old United Methodist Church

    Industry United Methodist Church
    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1967
    Built in 1867
    Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the historic church building
    on November 12, 2017
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011

    Industry TX - Industry Methodist Church  historical marker

    Industry Methodist Church historical marker
    2131 Pilgrim Rest Lane
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
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    TX - Industry United Methodist Church Cemetery

    Industry United Methodist Cemetery
    behind the Industry Methodist Church
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011

    TX - Industry United Methodist Church Cemetery
    TE Photo, 2001
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    Photo gallery next page

    TX - Industry Post Office historical marker

    Industry Post Office Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011

    See Industry Post Office
    Photo gallery next page.


    Industry TX - Friedrich Ernst historical marker

    Friedrich Ernst historical marker
    FM 109, Ernst Memorial Park, Industry
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011

    Historical Marker:

    Friedrich Ernst

    Christian Friedrich Ernst (Dirks) was born in Germany in 1796. Friedrich Ernst was inducted into the German army in 1814 and served for five years. He married Louise Gesine Auguste Weber in 1819. They became the parents of Caroline, John Friedrich, Ludwig, Wilhelmine, and Hermann Ernst.

    In 1829 the family sailed to the United States and settled in New York. In 1831 they came to Texas as part of Stephen F. Austin's second colony and are thought to be the first German family in Texas. Ernst received a land grant of 4,428 acres of land on Mill Creek in present day Industry where he grew produce and tobacco and was the first recorded European to manufacture cigars in Texas.

    Ernst became active in civic affairs in the area, serving as a Justice of the Peace and as a member of the commissioners court. He supported the establishment of Hermann's University and served on its first board of trustees. Ernst, who wrote a series of letters to German officials to encourage their citizens to move to America, was called the Father of German Immigration to Texas. Ernst died in 1848 and is remembered through this park located on land he once owned and a scholarship in his name.
    (1996)

    Industry TX -  John Friedrich Ernst, Jr  historical marker

    John Friedrich Ernst, Jr historical marker
    Ernst Memorial Park, Industry on FM 109
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
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    Historical Marker:

    John Friedrich Ernst, Jr.

    A native of Oldenburg, Germany, John Friedrich Ernst (1820-1863) emigrated to the United States with his family at the age of nine. In 1831, they traveled from New York City to Texas, finally arriving in what is now the town of Industry. The Ernsts were one of the first families to settle in what became a center of German culture in Texas.

    Ernst's life spanned the period of Texas history from the days of Mexican occupation to the Civil War. His family fled their home with others during the Runaway Scrape, as Santa Anna's army began its march across Texas in 1836. Shortly after the Texian victory at San Jacinto, Ernst joined the Texas Rangers and was given land in Comal County for his service. He participated in other local militia organizations during the days of the Republic and served as a Justice of the Peace in Round Top (15 mi. NW). Ernst was married to Maria Ann (Krumm) Brey in 1845.

    In 1861, John Friedrich Ernst joined the Confederate Light Artillery company recruited for Civil War duty from Fayette County. He died two years later in Waco, after serving twice as the company's commanding officer.
    (1985)

    Industry TX - Lindemann - Ott House

    Lindemann - Ott House
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011

    Industry TX - Lindemann - Ott House historical marker

    Lindemann - Ott House historical marker
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
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    Industry TX Country Road

    Industry Country Road
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011


    Industry TX - Mule

    The mule
    TE Photo, May 2010

    Industry TX - Mule

    Our favorite Industry attraction
    TE Photo, May 2010
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    Horses sharing bale Red fire truck
    Left - Splitting a bale in Industry
    Right - A Fire Engine that may or may not have belonged to the town

    TE photos, 2001

    Welcome Singing Society Building
    The Welcome Singing Society's Building in Industry
    Courtesy Bellville Public Library
    The Welcome Singing Hall
    Industry also has The West End Historical Society. They maintain several historic structures, including the old Singing Hall that was moved from Welcome and the old office of Dr. Knolle. The Hall can be rented out for occasions.
    The Former Welcome Singing Hall Industry's Welcome Singing Hall
    Left - The former Welcome Singing Hall now just north of Industry
    Right - The Hall decorated for a Wedding

    TE photo, May 2001

    Bull Rider
    Industry's bullfighter and Red Industry bullfighter's horse
    Kyle King and Red
    TE photos, 2001
    Kyle King, is a resident of Industry (Industrialist?) who rides bulls in rodeos around the state. When he's not riding bulls, he rides his horse "Red". He is seen here preparing to go to a rodeo in Odessa.

    Kyle King and Red

    Kyle King, Bull rider
    TE Photo, 2001

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    Hwy 159 South East 13 miles to Fayetteville
    Hwy 159 East 15 miles to Bellville
    FM 1457 NW 5 miles to Shelby, continue on to Round Top
    FM 109 North 13 miles to Brenham
    FM 109 South 6 miles to New Ulms

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