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INDUSTRY, TEXAS

"Cradle of German Settlement in Texas"

Austin County, Central Texas South

29 58' 3" N, 96 29' 50" W (29.9675, -96.497222)

Hwy 159 and FM 109
15 miles W of Bellville, the county seat
13 miles S of Brenham
6 miles N of New Ulm
13 miles E of Fayetteville
15 miles E of Round Top via FM1457
ZIP code 78944
Area code 979
Population: 325 Est. (2019) 304 (2010, 2000)

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Industry TX First post office
Industry former post office -
"First Post Office west of Galveston, built 1838"

Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
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History in a Pecan Shell

Industry is always mentioned in any history relating to the settlement of Germans in Texas. Johann Frederich Ernst came to the area via New York and Missouri. Ernst received a grant of land directly from the Mexican government in 1831. After independence from Mexico, the fledgling Republic of Texas granted a post office to the town that had grown from "Ernst's Place" to Industry.

The name it is said, was given to the residents for their hard-working attitude by their Anglo neighbors.

Tobacco was a major crop at first and Industry as well as New Ulm manufactured cigars. Cotton became the dominant crop before the Civil War and continued after.

The population started decreasing from the time of the Depression through the 1960s. Ranching gradually replaced farming and today about the only cotton seen is in the tops of aspirin bottles.



1936 Texas Centennial Marker:

Industry

Site of the first permanent German settlement in Texas, 1831. Founded by Friedrich Ernst, born at Varel, Oldenburg, Germany. Immigrated to America, 1829 and to Texas in 1831. Died here in 1858. The town was laid out in 1838.



Industry, Texas Landmarks & Attractions

True to its name, Industry today continues to be a vibrant community although there are many larger towns nearby. A car dealership, lumberyard, concrete company and bank all do business here and recently Industry has acquired a library.

The Lindemann store continues to operate at the intersection of FM 109 and Highway 159. This family business has been in Industry for generations and there are several older buildings in town that are former Lindemann groceries. - one just finishing a remodeling.

Industry TX Immaculate Conception Church

Industry Immaculate Conception Church
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011



Industry TX - Industry Brethren Church

Industry Brethren Church
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, February 2009



Industry TX - Cherry Chapel United Methodist Church

Cherry Chapel United Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, February 2009



Industry TX - Industry United Methodist Church sign on windmill

Industry United Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011



Industry TX - New United Methodist Church

Industry United Methodist Church
1914 Main Street - Industry, TX 78944
(979) 357-2136

Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011



Industry TX - Old United Methodist Church

Industry United Methodist Church
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1967
Built in 1867
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the historic church building
on November 12, 2017

Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011



Industry TX - Industry Methodist Church  historical marker

Industry Methodist Church historical marker
2131 Pilgrim Rest Lane
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011

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TX - Industry United Methodist Church Cemetery

Industry United Methodist Cemetery
behind the Industry Methodist Church

Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011



TX - Industry United Methodist Church Cemetery
TE Photo, 2001
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TX - Industry Post Office historical marker

Industry Post Office Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011

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Industry TX - Lindemann - Ott House

Lindemann - Ott House
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011



Industry TX - Lindemann - Ott House historical marker

Lindemann - Ott House historical marker
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011

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The Welcome Singing Hall

Industry also has The West End Historical Society. They maintain several historic structures, including the old Singing Hall that was moved from Welcome and the old office of Dr. Knolle. The Hall can be rented out for occasions.

Welcome Singing Society Building
The Welcome Singing Society's Building in Industry
Courtesy Bellville Public Library


The Former Welcome Singing Hall Industry's Welcome Singing Hall
L- The former Welcome Singing Hall now just N of Industry
R - The Hall decorated for a Wedding

TE photo, May 2001



Industry TX - Friedrich Ernst historical marker

Friedrich Ernst historical marker
FM 109, Ernst Memorial Park, Industry

Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011


Historical Marker:
Friedrich Ernst
Christian Friedrich Ernst (Dirks) was born in Germany in 1796. Friedrich Ernst was inducted into the German army in 1814 and served for five years. He married Louise Gesine Auguste Weber in 1819. They became the parents of Caroline, John Friedrich, Ludwig, Wilhelmine, and Hermann Ernst.

In 1829 the family sailed to the United States and settled in New York. In 1831 they came to Texas as part of Stephen F. Austin's second colony and are thought to be the first German family in Texas. Ernst received a land grant of 4,428 acres of land on Mill Creek in present day Industry where he grew produce and tobacco and was the first recorded European to manufacture cigars in Texas.

Ernst became active in civic affairs in the area, serving as a Justice of the Peace and as a member of the commissioners court. He supported the establishment of Hermann's University and served on its first board of trustees. Ernst, who wrote a series of letters to German officials to encourage their citizens to move to America, was called the Father of German Immigration to Texas. Ernst died in 1848 and is remembered through this park located on land he once owned and a scholarship in his name.
(1996)



Industry TX -  John Friedrich Ernst, Jr  historical marker

John Friedrich Ernst, Jr historical marker
Ernst Memorial Park, Industry on FM 109
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011

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Historical Marker:
John Friedrich Ernst, Jr.
A native of Oldenburg, Germany, John Friedrich Ernst (1820-1863) emigrated to the United States with his family at the age of nine. In 1831, they traveled from New York City to Texas, finally arriving in what is now the town of Industry. The Ernsts were one of the first families to settle in what became a center of German culture in Texas.

Ernst's life spanned the period of Texas history from the days of Mexican occupation to the Civil War. His family fled their home with others during the Runaway Scrape, as Santa Anna's army began its march across Texas in 1836. Shortly after the Texian victory at San Jacinto, Ernst joined the Texas Rangers and was given land in Comal County for his service. He participated in other local militia organizations during the days of the Republic and served as a Justice of the Peace in Round Top (15 mi. NW). Ernst was married to Maria Ann (Krumm) Brey in 1845.

In 1861, John Friedrich Ernst joined the Confederate Light Artillery company recruited for Civil War duty from Fayette County. He died two years later in Waco, after serving twice as the company's commanding officer.
(1985)




Industry TX - Mule

The mule
TE Photo, May 2010



Industry TX - Mule

Our favorite Industry attraction
TE Photo, May 2010
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Horses sharing bale Red fire truck
Left - Splitting a bale in Industry
Right - A Fire Engine that may or may not have belonged to the town

TE photos, 2001



Bull Rider
Kyle King, is a resident of Industry (Industrialist?) who rides bulls in rodeos around the state. When he's not riding bulls, he rides his horse "Red". He is seen here preparing to go to a rodeo in Odessa.

Kyle King and Red
Kyle King,
Bull rider

TE photos, 2001

Industry's bullfighter and Red

Industry bullfighter's horse
Kyle King and Red
TE photos, 2001


Industry TX Country Road

Industry Country Road
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011


Before you leave, see

Industry Post Office

Industry United Methodist Cemetery



Take a Road Trip

Hwy 159 SE 13 miles to Fayetteville
Hwy 159 E 15 miles to Bellville
FM 1457 NW 5 miles to Shelby, continue on to Round Top
FM 109 N 13 miles to Brenham
FM 109 S 6 miles to New Ulms

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