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    PRAHA, TEXAS

    Part of The Painted Churches Tour

    Texas Ghost Town
    Fayette County, Central Texas S
    3/10 of a mile South of US 90
    4 miles E of Flatonia and
    6 miles W of Schulenburg (off US 90)
    22 miles NW of Hallettsville
    25 miles SW of La Grange
    Population: unknown (according to a local sign)

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    Praha, Texas gas station




    The last remaining business in Praha.
    TE Photo, 3-01
    History in a Pecan Shell

    The town is just south of the railroad tracks that parallel Highway 90. Praha is listed in Lindsay Baker's Ghost Towns of Texas.

    Praha is the Czech spelling of Prague. Prior to the coming of the Czechs, Praha was called Mulberry by the Anglo settlers. It's reputation for being a refuge for outlaws gave it the unoffical name of Hotentot.

    Praha has a huge gathering every August year when thousands descend on the church grounds for a homecoming.
    The Joly Club, Praha, Texas vintage photo
    The Praha Jolly Club c. 1910
    Photo Courtesy E. A. Arnim Archives & Museum of Flatonia
    Praha, Texas band and gas station, vintage photo
    Musicianans outside the same station shown above. (c. 1931)
    Photo Courtesy E. A. Arnim Archives & Museum of Flatonia
    Praha Memorial Chapel



    One of three identical memorial shrines honoring Praha's men who died in WWII.
    TE Photo, 3-01

     

    Praha painted ceiling and column



    St. Mary's Church -
    Praha's Painted Church
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    (1892)

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    Praha Chronicles
  • 9 Boys by David Knape
  • Texas War Casualties by John Troesser
    Stone markers and chapels quietly reveal where America gets its soldiers.
  • Rev. Marcus Valenta achieves longest active-duty record in U.S. history by Murray Montgomery
    Father Marcus Valenta was one of those exceptional people. He served his God, country, and fellow man without personal regard for his own well being. According to one newspaper, “Father Valenta was a popular and well-known pastor of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church at Praha.” But perhaps his greatest achievement was his service to the U.S. Army – at the time, he had the longest active-duty record in U.S. history.
  • Fayette County Texas 1907 Postal map
    Fayette County Texas 1907 Postal map showing Praha
    (W of Schulenburg
    near LAVACA County line)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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