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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
Swiss Alp TX road sign
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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