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NECHANITZ, TEXAS

Fayette County, Central Texas South

30 2' 45" N, 96 49' 37" W (30.045833, -96.826944)
Junction of FM 3011 and FM 2145
11 Miles N of La Grange the county seat
Population: 21 est. (1990, 2000)

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TX Nechanitz School
Nechanitz School, 1906
Courtesy Fayette Co Hist Comm; submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn FCHC member
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History in a Pecan Shell

By Carolyn Heinsohn

1870 - Wenzel Matejowsky purchased 200 acres in the James G. Wilkinson League. Thus, the beginning of the Nechanitz Store. The building was thought to have been built in the 1830s to 1840s. It was a "beautiful old relic" with square nails in flooring and walls. The store burned in January, 1971.

1874 - Post office established by Matejowsky, who named the community NECHANITZ, using the German word for his native birthplace NECHANICE, BOHEMIA. His application stated that approximately 50 families would be served by the P.O. The diagram of the proposed site, drawn by Richard A. Doss, District Surveyor of Fayette County, identified it as being on the "old stage road to Ledbetter" shown as originating in La Grange .

1878 - Gin built by Matejowsky; horses originally furnished power, later with a steam engine - continued use to 1924-1926.

1880 - Wenzel Matejowsky built his two-story home.

1886 - Matejowsky elected to serve Fayette County in 20th Texas Legislature in the newly-built Capitol.

20th Century - a Bluebonnet Seed business and Petrified Wood sales gave new definition to Nechanitz, run by Marvin and Esther Marburger Urban Matejowsky for a number of years.

Descendants of early families still living in the area: Meiners, Wolff, Schuster, Oeser, Stork, Pietsch, Weishuhn, Meinke, Rauch, Albers and others.

Nechanitz TX - Chicken Ranch Dance Hall
Nechanitz Texas Chicken Ranch Dance Hall
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
Nechanitz TX - Chicken Ranch Dance Hall sign
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
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Nechanitz TX pond
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
Nechanitz TX
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
Nechanitz TX highway sign
Entering Nechanitz
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
Nechanitz TX, Fayette County, 1897 Postmark
Nechanitz TX  1897 Postmark
Cover cancelled with Nechanitz, TX 1897 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
TX Fayette County 1907 postal map
Fayette County 1907 postal map showing Nechanitz
(Near Bastrop and Lee County line)

From Texas state map #2090
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Nechanitz, Texas Nearby Towns:
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