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INDUSTRY, TEXAS

Austin County, Central Texas S

Hwy 159 and FM 109
15 miles S of Brenham
15 miles W of Bellville
15 miles E of Fayetteville
15 miles E of Round Top via FM1457
Population: 307 (2010) 304 (2000)

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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.
Welcome Singing Society Building
The Welcome Singing Society's Building in Industry
Courtesy Bellville Public Library

Industry Today

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 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.

Our photo shows the old Welcome Singing Hall decorated for a Spring wedding in May 2001.
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
Industry's bullfighter and Red Industry bullfighter's horse
Kyle King and Red
TE photo

Kyle King and Red

Kyle King, Bullrider
TE Photo
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.
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

Nearby Destinations:

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

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