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WILLIAM PENN, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Washington County, Central Texas S

30 18' 55" N, 96 16' 56" W (30.315278, -96.282222)

FM 390 (aka La Bahia Road) & CR 75
On Jackson Creek
12 miles NE of Brenham the county seat
Population: 40 est. (2010) 100 est. (2000, 1990)
(peaked with 127 people in 1904)

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William Penn Texas - Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church

The Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church on La Bahia Road
Photo by John Troesser


History in a Pecan Shell

During the years when Texas was a Republic, a settlement three miles north of here was known as Hidalgo Bluffs. The original grant was to Isaac Jackson who sold it to John G. Pitts in 1839. The town was not named after either of these two men, but a steamboat that plied the river in the late 1840s - when the Brazos River was (occasionally) navigable.

Originally a plantation economy before the Civil War, newly arrived Germans bought the land from the original settlers, as they did in most parts of Austin, Washington and Fayette Counties.

In 1860 Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded and the church standing today was built in 1893.

William Penn was noted for wagon manufacturing in the late 19th century and it retained a working cotton gin into the 1980s - the last one working in Washington County.


See
  • FM 390 - La Bahia Scenic Highway
  • A Brief Biography of William Penn, the Man

  • Washington County TX - FM 390

    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey. October 2010

    FM 390 - La Bahia Scenic Highway


    The Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church ca 1893
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey. October 2010



    William Penn TX - Union Hill Church

    Union Hill Church
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey. October 2010

    More Texas Churches



    William Penn TX Barn

    Barn
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey. October 2010



    William Penn TX - Shed

    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey. October 2010



    Washington County TX - Good Hope Cemetery
    Good Hope Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey. October 2010

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    TX - William Penn Road sign

    William Penn Road sign
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey. October 2010




    William Penn TX - Washington Co 1887 Postmark info
    William Penn TX - Washington Co 1887 Postmark
    Cover cancelled with William Penn, TX 1887 postmark
    Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection

    See
  • FM 390 - La Bahia Scenic Highway
  • A Brief Biography of William Penn, the Man

  • TX Washington County 1907 Postal Map
    1907 postal map showing Wm Penn in NE Washington County
    From Texas state map #2090
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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    Central Texas South

    William Penn, Texas Nearby Towns:
    Brenham the county seat
    Independence
    Washington
    Washington-on-the-Brazos
    See Washington County

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    Contiguous Counties:

    Brazos County (N) Grimes County (NE) Waller County (E) Austin County (S) Fayette County (SW) Lee County (W) Burleson County (NW)

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