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Austin County, Central Texas South

2946'27"N 969'27"W (29.774182, -96.157570)

I-10 and Hwy 36
15 miles S of Bellville the county seat
34 miles S of Brenham
50 miles W of downtown Houston
24 miles E of Columbus
ZIP code 77474
Area code 979
Population: 6,839 (2020)
6,019 (2010) 5,248 (2000) 4,541(1990)

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Cotton Wagon, Sealy, Texas 1911
Cotton Wagon in 1911 Sealy.
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Postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/%7Etxpstcrd/

Historical Marker: 415 Main St.


Founded in 1879 on the route of the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad, Sealy was named for Galveston businessman and railroad president George Sealy (1835-1901). By January 1880 a depot was established here, and both freight and passenger service were inaugurated. Sealy became a main division point between Galveston and Temple, and the railroad was the town's principal employer. In addition to the depot, Sealy was the site of a roundhouse, wooden turntable, and machine shops. By August 1880 two passenger trains and two freight trains passed through the town daily. Sealy soon boasted numerous homes and businesses, including hotels, retail stores, factories, cotton gins, and grist mills. The citizens organized a public school and a number of churches. By 1899 the Santa Fe Railroad division point was moved to Bellville, causing Sealy's economic base to shift to agriculture. The Missouri, Kansas, and Texas (Katy) Railroad had built a line through here in 1892, however, and the Cane Belt Railroad, linking Sealy to Matagorda, began operations in 1903. Diversified businesses kept the town thriving, and in 1949 the citizens of Sealy voted to incorporate. (1991)

Sealy, Texas Attractions

If the name is familiar, yes, it is where Sealy Mattresses were first made. There is a historical marker at the site of the Haynes Mattress Factory. Buildings still remain and we were told "they could still put together a mattress today" (if they really had to). If it wasn't for Sealy, we might all still be sleeping on Spanish Moss.

Driving/Walking Tour
You can pick up a driving/walking tour at the chamber of commerce - if it's open. A project of the Sealy Area Historical Society, the brochure provides you with street by street details of businesses, homes and points of interest.

Heritage Park/Santa Fe Park Museum:
Items from the original colonial period are on display as well as more modern items. These include the old jail (complete with bent bars from an escape attempt) and a road grader once pulled by oxen. East of downtown, across the RR tracks. Open by appointment.

The Texas Theater: Dating to 1929, the theater is (as of Fall 2005) in use as a restaurant and apartments.

Texas Theater, Sealy, Texas
The facade of the former Texas Theater in Sealy.
Photo by John Troesser, 2001

The Texas Theater

  • In regard to Texas Theatre...Charles Krampitz was the operator/owner of the theatre which opened in 1929 in Sealy, Texas. - Judy Oakes, June 07, 2005

  • The Texas Theater was owned and operated by my grandfather, Frank Jacob Krampitz, Sr. Charles Krampitz was his second son, who recently passed away. The theater was operational until it burned in 1981. Until that time, my grandfather had the distinction of being the oldest and continuously-operating independent "showman" in the country. I am not certain, but I believe he began showing silent films in a tent in Sealy long before 1929. - John B. Krampitz, Ph.D., October 06, 2005

  • Sealy Texas Jail
    TE photo, 2008
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    Sealy Tx Coca-Cola Sign
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2004
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    Sealy, Texas Nearby Attractions

    San Felipe and the Stephen F. Austin State Historical Park are two of the must-see stops on the Texas Independence Trail. Tiny San Felipe de Austin was the first capital of Austin's Colony. Burned by its citizens upon the approach of Santa Anna, it was rebuilt after San Jacinto. Buildings include a replica of SFA's "dog-trot" cabin as well as a store. There is also a bronze seated statute of Stephen F. Austin. The park is divided into historic and recreational sections.

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    Historical Marker: Main Street, West End, Sealy
    Sealy Cemetery
    In 1879 Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company agent George Sealy purchased 11,635 acres at this location from the township of San Felipe de Austin for the purpose of establishing a railroad depot. The village of Sealy soon developed around the depot and on July 5, 1883, it recorded its first burial here, that of the infant Annie Fowlkes. Families that settled in Sealy purchased cemetery plots directly from the railroad until the company donated the land to cemetery trustees C.H. Ruff, R.P. Josey, and John Hackbarth in 1887.

    The Sealy Cemetery Association was founded sometime prior to 1898 and officially chartered in 1924. The laides of the cemetery society, organized in 1904, helped the association cultivate community support to upgrade and maintain the cemetery. Two notable society members, Mrs. J.W. (Vera) Ripple and Mrs. Paul (Mahala) Hackbarth helped organize a Christmas bazaar fundraising event in the 1930's that developed into an important annual social affair in the community. Among the more than 2,400 grave sites are those of many of Sealy's early residents. The cemetery boasts a variety of gravestones and statuary and includes two mausoleums.

    Sealy on stone
    Sealy on stone - The old high school name - rescued from the landfill by Pete Schiller.
    TE photo

    Sealy Chamber of Commerce
    309 Main Street P O Box 586 Sealy, Texas 77474
    Phone: (979) 885-3222
    Website: http://www.sealy-tx.com/

    Sealy Convention and Visitor's Bureau
    Phone: (979) 885-3222

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    Sealy, Texas Nearby Towns:
    Bellville the county seat
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