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NEW ULM, TEXAS

Austin County, Central Texas South

29 53' 32" N, 96 29' 25" W (29.892222, -96.490278)
FM 1094 and 109
19 miles S of Brenham
22 miles SW of Bellville
16 miles NE of Columbus on FM 109
23 miles NW of Sealy on FM 1094
Population: 650 est (2010)


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New Ulm TX road sign
New Ulm road sign
Photo Courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010

History in a Pecan Shell

New Ulm is one of the premier German settlements in Texas. There's a lot of history for such a small and tranquil place. Richard King of the King Ranch passed through New Ulm and tried his hand at cigar manufacturing before heading south and in the 1920s a New Ulm store was burgled by none other than one of the Newton Boys, although we can't remember which one.

Like many towns in Austin and Fayette Counties, the original settlers were Anglo-American settlers who sold out to eager German buyers who arrived literally by the boatload in the 1840s and 50s. The original name of Duff's Settlement was replaced with the much more Germanic name with the founding of the post office in 1852.

As early as the 1850s New Ulm had six general stores, five blacksmiths, and three breweries. Tobacco was a major cash crop and cigars were manufactured in homes and at least one factory. The arrival of the railroad (Missouri, Kansas and Texas) in 1892 just increased New Ulm's already prosperous economy.

There were 500 people in New Ulm in 1930. Current population estimate is at 650, same figure since 1990.

There were enough surviving 19th century buildings to get New Ulm featured in Texas Public Buildings of the 19th Century by Williard B. Robinson, a favorite reference of ours.
TX - New Ulm Cemetery Gate
New Ulm Cemetery
TE Photo, December 2001
1936 Texas Centennial Marker (FM 109, New Ulm School grounds):

Site of Town of New Ulm

Site of the town of New Ulm. First known as Duff's Settlement in honor of James C. Duff to whom the land was granted in 1841. Settled by Germans after 1845 and renamed in honor of the German city of Ulm.
(1936)
New Ulm TX - Former Schoolhouse
New Ulm Former Schoolhouse
Photo Courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
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New Ulm TX - Austin County St John Lutheran Church
New Ulm St. John Lutheran Church
Photo Courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
New Ulm TX - Austin County, St. Paul MBC
St. Paul MBC
Photo Courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
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New Ulm TX Architecture
New Ulm Architecture
Photo Courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
New Ulm TX Architecture
Photo Courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
New Ulm TX Architecture
Photo Courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
New Ulm TX Architecture
Photo Courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
New Ulm TX Architecture
Photo Courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
New Ulm TX Architecture
Photo Courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
New Ulm TX Architecture
Photo Courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
New Ulm TX Architecture
Photo Courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
New Ulm TX Architecture
Photo Courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
New Ulm TX Gross Real Estate
Former Real Estate Office
TE Photo, 2001
New Ulm TX railroad tracks
Photo Courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
A garden in New Ulm
Spring flowers in New Ulm Texas
Cultivated flowers in New Ulm
Photos courtesy Cissy Wong, 2000
New Ulm TX Cemetery Cat
New Ulm Cemetery Cat
TE Photo, 2002
TX - New Ulm Cemetery Gate
TE Photo, December 2001
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The TE Grand Tour of scenic Austin County includes Bellville, New Ulm, Cat Spring, Frelsburg, and Industry.

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