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WILLIAM PENN, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Washington County, Central Texas S

FM 390 (aka La Bahia Road)
12 miles NE of Brenham
Population: 100 est. (since 1990)
(peaked with 127 people in 1904)

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Washington County TX - FM 390

Photo courtesy Gerald Massey. October 2010

FM 390 - La Bahia Scenic Highway

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.


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  • FM 390 - La Bahia Scenic Highway
  • A Brief Biography of William Penn, the Man
  • William Penn Texas - Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church

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

    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

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

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    Brenham
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