Painted Churches Tour
Maps - Available at the Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce
618 N. Main. 979-743-4514
and are available even after hours on the porch.
Valley Heritage Museum
631 North Main. Open Mon, Wed and Fri 10am - 4pm and by appointment.
Model Aircraft Museum
Just after you go South on 77 through the underpass, you'll see
a large brightly painted bi-plane on your left. Sunday Hours are
1:30 to 4:00. Wednesday to Friday 1:00 to 4:00 and Saturday 11:00
to 4:00. The Stanzel Family Foundation is a model of small town
philanthropy. Website - http://www.stanzelmuseum.org/
Located in back of the Chamber of Commerce you'll find the Structure.
The telescope resides in the Museum. Edison Schaefer hand-ground
the 10 inch lens in back of his father's Hardware store. The store
was built in 1896 and now is home to the Schulenburg Sticker
(The town's newspaper). The $1500 price tag for the observatory
was a lot of money then, but if you named your son Edison, we suppose
you're committed to funding projects.
AKA the "American" Cemetery, Tubbs Cemetery and (Incorrectly Identified
on 1965 Maps as) Lyons Cemetery. SE of Schulenburg
Follow Russek Street west until it reaches a dead end. This shaded
park with its Cedar-lined Streets is in stark contrast to the Catholic
Cemeteries of the region, which are all treeless or nearly treeless.
The plot that the cemetery is built around is in the NW corner.
The Lyons Family were the original settlers and the Indian attack
that occurred in 1837, left father James dead and son William kidnapped.
Note the incorrect name on the stone and the correction on the historical
marker two feet away.
Minden Hotel and Cozy
Built in 1929 and still in operation, this is the last Hotel/Theater
left in Texas. The operation has changed hands only once and very
little else has. Momma's Pizza is one of Schulenburg's only off-the-highway
of the Von Minden
plowshares into swords or whatever - just keep the beer coming.
Fayette County Heritage Museum & Archives
Depot. More Texas
Courtesy Fayette County Heritage Museum & Archives
One of the
other unique things I like about Schulenburg is the Jewish synagogue
there. Very unique for Central Texas.
The strong Jewish merchant class throughout Central Texas at beginning
of century has now largely disappeared. The Glossermanns in Lockhart
are another exception. - Richard Zelade, author of "Hill Country",
July 06, 2000
Velehrad and Schulenburg
Dear TE, My father Richard Schumann lived in Schulenburg and was
courting my mother (Albina Ermis) in the very early 1900s. Leaving
her place in Velehrad,
one dark evening, he got his truck stuck on the muddy road on the
way to Engle.
At that time he was working for the railroad at Schulenburg and
one of his duties was to meet the midnight passenger train. His
initial panic gave way to fast thinking and he grabbed the railroad
lantern from his truck and ran to the tracks as he knew a freight
train was due very soon.
He lit the lantern and started waving it in front of the oncoming
frieght train. The engineer stopped to find out the emergency and
my dad said: "I'm stuck down the road but I have to meet the midnight
passenger train in Schulenburg." The enginner told him to hop on.
As the train gathered speed, the engineer then informed him that
he would not be stopping in Schulenburg since the delay had put
him behind schedule. "...but I will slow down for you to jump off"
the engineer said and this he did. I have heard my father tell that
story many times.
P.S. I have spelled Velehrad
everyway imaginable. I hope I have it right this time. - Harold
Schumann, Van Alstyne, Texas, November 10, 2006
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