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SEALY, TEXAS

Austin County, Central Texas South
I-10 and Hwy 36
50 miles W of Houston
24 miles E of Columbus
15 miles S of Bellville
34 miles S of Brenham

Population: 5,248 (2000) 4,541(1990)

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Cotton Wagon, Sealy, Texas 1911
Cotton Wagon in 1911 Sealy. See Texas Cotton Gins
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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.

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

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.

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
http://www.sealycvb.org/

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Texas Theater, Sealy, Texas
The facade of the former Texas Theater in Sealy.

Photo by John Troesser, 2001
Sealy Tx Coca-Cola Sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2004
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Sealy 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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Sealy Texas Jail
Jail. TE photo, 2008
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Sealy on stone
Sealy on stone - The old high school name - rescued from the landfill by Pete Schiller.
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Sealy Texas Forum

  • 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

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