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    SWISS ALP, TEXAS

    Fayette County, South Central Texas
    Highway 77 - just S of FM 1383
    11 miles S of La Grange
    6.1 miles N of Schulenburg
    3.8 miles W of Ammannsville
    Population: 46 (1990)


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    Swiss Alp TX - Philadelphia Lutheran Church 1910
    Philadelphia Lutheran Church in 1910
    Image of a photo "in a small museum at the United Evangelical Lutheran Church at Swiss Alp". Submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn, Fayette County Historical Commission

    History in a Pecan Shell

    German Lutherans were the first settlers here around the time the Civil War was ending. The modest population was bolstered somewhat by Wends who transmigated from Serbin in Lee County. The Philadelphia Lutheran Church was opened in 1867 and the community got its own post office ten years later. The population in 1884 was a mere 35 people which reached the high-water mark of 100 in 1896. The decline set in just after 1900 and the post office was discontinued in 1906.

    The community's proximity to Schulenburg and the county seat in La Grange dashed any hopes of growth (if there had been any). Swiss Alp sat content for decades becoming famous for its community dance hall. Three nearby Lutheran churches formed the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Swiss Alp in 1967. The region remains a cattle producing area and the population has increased from a mere 30 in the late 60s to 46 in 1990.

    The community has a cemetery of its own but nearby are the Kaase, Philadelphia and Ammannsville cemeteries.

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    The Swiss Alp Dance Hall by David Knape
    Swiss Alp TX - Egon Tietjens Store 1954
    Egon Tietjen's Store, 1954
    Courtesy Egon Tietjen family collection
    Submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn, Fayette County Historical Commission
    Swiss Alp TX - Couple on porch, vintage photo
    Vintage photo courtesy Fayette Heritage Museum
    Swiss Alp TX - Old Washington School
    Old Washington School in Swiss Alp
    Image of a photo "in a small museum at the United Evangelical Lutheran Church at Swiss Alp". Submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn, Fayette County Historical Commission
    Swiss Alp TX Public School site
    Swiss Alp Public School site.
    TE photo, 2006
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    Swiss Alp TX 1897-1947 Public School marker
    1897-1947 Swiss Alp Public School marker
    TE photo, 2006
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    Approaching Swiss Alp.
    TE photo, 2006
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    See The Swiss Alp Dance Hall by David Knape

    Swiss Alps, Texas Forum
    Subject: United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Swiss Alps

    "Three church congregations combined to make United Evangelical Lutheran Church - the Philadelphia Lutheran Church at Swiss Alp, the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church at Black Jack Springs and the Salem Lutheran Church at Freyburg." - Carolyn Heinsohn, Fayette County Historical Commission, October 27, 2013


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