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LA GRANGE, TEXAS

Fayette County Seat, Central Texas South
Hwy 71
32 miles E of Bastrop
65 miles E of Austin
29 miles W of Columbus
100 miles W of Houston via I-10
120 miles E of San Antonio via I-10

Population: 4,478 (2000)

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La Grange, Texas railroad bridge
La Grange railroad bridge

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The County was named after Lafayette, and the town was named after his estate in France. La Grange translates as "the Meadows."

LA GRANGE ATTRACTIONS

The Town Square features a 1891 J. Riely Gordon Courthouse, and the historic "Muster Oak". Play "find the gargoyle" at the Courthouse.
Fayette County courthouse in LaGrange



Fayette County Courthouse

Photo Courtesy Cissy CeCe Wong, 2000
Fayette County Courthouse
  • The 1891 Fayette County Courthouse (before restoration)
    The Courthouse, the Clock Tower, Exterior, Interior, and Historic Images.
  • Fayette County Courthouse - Restoration Progress as of July 2004 - A photo essay by John Troesser 7-23-04
  • Interview with the Gargoyle by Johnny Stucco
    Behind the grimace beats the heart of a young boy.
  • Other Gordon Courthouses include: - Gonzales, Giddings, Waxahachie, Decatur, New Braunfels and the State Capitol of Arizona.

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    The Jail at
    La Grange

    The Historic
    Muster Oak
    The First Fayette County Library
    Judge Stiehl House
  • Monument Hill and the ruins of the Kreische Brewery
    Three miles south of town on the bluffs overlooking the Colorado River, you'll find Monument Hill and the ruins of the Kreische Brewery.

    This unusual and under-appreciated State Historical Park (979-968-5658) is the final resting-place for Fayette County men involved in the Dawson/Mier Expedition into Mexico.

    In addition there's the brewery ruins and the restored Kreische House, all made from the abundant limestone of the bluffs.

    Tours available and several books in the gift shop deal with the ill-fated foray into Mexico. more

  • Bluebonnet Trails -
    Highway 71 east and west of La Grange was named "One of the five best wildflower viewing routes in Texas" by Texas Highways Magazine. Best time is March and April.

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  • La Grange & Fayette County Cemetery Tours - The chamber has a brochure on "La Grange and Fayette County Cemetery Tours" that guides you north to Rutersville and south to Schulenburg and Flatonia. The Annual La Grange "Ghosts and Gravestones" Cemetery Tour (November) >

    Photo courtesy Kathy Carter / Fayette Heritage Museum
    La Grange Cemetery tombstones
  • Churches in La Grange
  • La Grange Post Office architectural details

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  • La Grange Area Destinations

  • Visit Blue Bell ice cream's spokescow "Belle" at nearby Jersey Barnyard. Hwy 71, exit Hwy 159, one-and-a-half miles north of LaGrange.
  • Less than 20 miles drive to Fayetteville, Smithville, Schulenburg and Flatonia and Weimar.
  • Less than 30 miles to Washington County.
  • Fayette County Towns and Ghost Towns
    Fayette County Seat - La Grange
    Fayette County Courthouse

  • Ammannsville
  • Biegel
  • Carmine
  • Cistern
  • Colorado City
  • Dubina
  • Dunn
  • Ellinger
  • Elm Grove
  • Engle
  • Fayetteville
  • Flatonia
  • Floy
  • Freyburg
  • Halsted
  • High Hill
  • Holman
  • Joiner
  • Ledbetter
  • Lena
  • Muldoon
  • Mullins Prairie
  • Oldenburg
  • O'Quinn
  • Oso
  • Plum
  • Praha
  • Rek Hill
  • Round Top
  • Roznov
  • Rutersville
  • Schulenburg
  • Stella
  • Swiss Alp
  • Warda
  • Walhalla
  • Warrenton
  • West Point
  • Willow Springs
  • Winchester
  • Zapalac

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  • La Grange Tourist Information
    La Grange Area Chamber of Commerce
    171 South Main Street. (The 1883 Old Jail, half a block South of the Square.)
    Telephone: 979-968-5756 or 1-800-LAGRANG
    Website: www.lagrangetx.org.
    La Grange Chronicles
  • Tree Murder in La Grange
    from the Fayette County Record, August 29, 1939
    "Tree Murder" Report Puts City in Wrong Light
    Only Those Trees, Limbs Considered Dangerous Are Removed, [it] is Explained
  • Monumental Texas: The Stolz Name Is Written In Stone by H.H.Howze
  • Hollywood Soot by Audrey A. Herbrich
    Photos by Boyd Photography, La Grange

    "The north wind—unusually strong this March—carried the voices from those gathered below to me, and I could hear their whispers and gasps. And it wasn’t the ablaze Botts Title Company that trumped the conversation, or the equally ablaze China Inn Restaurant, Bertie’s Barbershop, or the income tax lawyer’s office. No, it was the Cozy Theater, slotted between Bertie’s on the left and the JC Penney catalog store on the right." ... more
  • Painted Signs in Fayette County 1938
    Photos courtesy of La Grange Chamber of Commerce

    Coca Cola advertising cars, trucks and wall signs; Pearl Beer ... more

  • Our Home is La Grange - Ode to La Grange by Brewster Hudspeth

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