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ZULCH, TEXAS


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Madison County, Central Texas S

30 55' 4" N, 96 6' 30" W 30.917778, -96.108333

FM 39 and FM 1372
11 miles SW of Madisonville the county seat
Population: 0

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TX - North Zulch Grocery and Coca Cola
North Zulch Grocery sign
TE Photo, 2001

History in a Pecan Shell

Settlement began in the late 1830s when the first homestead was established in what had been Grimes County. Sometime around 1850 Julius Zulch, a German immigrant recognized the potential of this place that was known as Willow Hole. It had spring water and was halfway between Midway and Boonville - the perfect place to open a store.

Zulch opened his store and in 1859 the Willow Hole post office operated within the walls of Zulch's store. The settlers (mostly from southern states) weren't settling fast enough for Julius, who wanted a broader customer base. He started placing ads back in the old country - even fronting interested immigrants their passage money.

In the early 1880s, "considerable numbers" of Germans arrived - either sharecropping for Zulch or others in order to get a grubstake for their own farms. Willow Hole soon had a respectable population of 150 - growing to around 500 by 1890.

Julius Zulch built a Lutheran school which doubled as a church. In 1893 the Bethlehem Lutheran Church was built on property donated by Zulch. The town was renamed Zulch in 1906 and the postal authorities authorized the change of the post office's name.

That same year the Houston and Texas Central Railroad on its way from Navasota to Mexia bypassed Zulch by building to the west.

Then in 1907, the Trinity and Brazos Valley Railway built a spur parallel to the Houston and Texas Central tracks. When people moved North to the railroads - North Zulch came into existence and plain Zulch shrank. The post office closed in 1920 and the school managed to hold on until a consolidation in the early 1940s.

By 1949 Zulch was down to only 50 people and by the 60s, only the Willow Hole Church and Cemetery remained.

A historical marker on Farm Road 39, (half a mile west) serves as tombstone for the town.

TX - East Zulch road sign and  train
East Zulch sign
TE Photo, 2001


TX - West Zulch sign by railroad track
West Zulch sign
TE Photo, 2001


Zulch, Texas old gas station with  old gas pump

Old gas station in North Zulch
TE Photo, 2001
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Madison County TX 1907 postal Map
1907 postal map showing Zulch in SW Madison County
near Brazos and Grimes County lines
From Texas state map #2090
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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