Post Office 78142|
Photo courtesy Ken
Rudine, August 2007
in a Pecan ShellThe
area had been a Mexican land grant back in 1831. In 1874 it was named Walton
Station after Sheriff D.A.T. Walton.
moved into the area in 1893, and formed the nucleus of their colony just 2 miles
from Walton. When the postal authorities rejected the application for a
post office under the name Walton, Normanna was submitted and accepted.
The name loosely translates as "the place of Norsemen" but closer to the true
meaning is "far North." Seeing that's where they were from, the name was appropriate.
Families descended from the original Norwegian settlers still live in the
Normanna has a museum in a building that has served as ranch headquarters,
a hotel and a residence.
old ghost house here, stated as a museum." |
Rudine, August 2007 photo
Medio Creek crossing on US 181, south city limit
Rudine, August 2007
Marker Text: |
dates from about 1850. First town, 2 miles west, was called San Domingo for its
location near junction of San Domingo and dry Medio
Creeks. After railroad
was built, 1886, citizens moved to Walton (new flag station) to be on line. Name
honored sheriff D. A. T. Walton.
When Norwegians settled area, 1890's,
Walton became Normanna. Word originally suggested the qualities of old Norse heroes,
but through local usage came to mean "Home of the Norseman".
for years; then declined after series of fires and advent of the automobile.
on CR 241 is the historic and picturesque MEDIO CREEK BRIDGE.|
was the idea of Viggo Kohler, a man who later built the large Viggo Hotel in Hebbronville
(1915). He petitioned the Bee County Commissioners to accept bids in June of 1897.
The bridge arrived in kit form and was assembled by the Austin Brothers Bridge
Nearby the bridge - the town of Mineral
had been something of a health resort in the 1890s. Deepening the well caused
the mineral content to decline to the point where people no longer came.
Register of Historic Places|
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Young Family Photo Postcards and Letters
"Here are some of the
postcards dated 1909-1915 from the Young Family. I would like to find any decendents
of the family and send them to them. I have over 25 photo postcards and a few
letters. The names on them are Earle and Loretta, Cy, Frank, Rose Elizabeth. I
believe they all lived in the Normanna area." - firstname.lastname@example.org
April 21, 2004
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