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SHINER, TEXAS

Suggested slogan:
If you´ve got nothing to do, why not do it in Shiner?

Lavaca County, Central Texas South
U.S. Highway 90A and State Highway 95
14 miles West of Hallettsville
20 mils South of Flatonia
18 miles East of Gonzales

Population: 2,070 (2000) 2,074 (1990)

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Schramm's Saloon, Shiner Texas 1900s old  photo
"My Great Grandfather Schramm's Saloon in Shiner, Texas."
- Jay Francis, photo circa early 1900's

Shiner, Texas Topics of Interest:

  • Shiner Today - A Walk Through Shiner >
  • Shiner Landmarks & Attractions >
  • Shiner History in a Pecan Shell >
  • Nearby Destinations >
  • Getting There from Houston, Austin & San Antonio >
  • History in a Pecan Shell

    Shiner began life in the mid 1880s as a trading post/ post office named Half Moon.

    In an oft-repeated Texas story, the town was bypassed by the railroad. In 1887 the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway (SAAP) decided to accept an offer made by Henry B. Shiner of 250 acres of land for a depot and right-of-way if the railroad would divert through his property. People started moving to the future town as if the rails had a magnetic pull.

    For brief period the town tried to get by with the name of New Half Moon, but a year after the arrival of the railroad the name was changed to Shiner. It incorporated in 1890 and very early on became predominately Czech and German.

    The area has remained a cotton and corn producing region with ranching contributing greatly to the economy. The Spoetzl brewery and their variations of Shiner Beer has made the town “a household word” throughout the state of Texas.

    The population of Shiner has remained relatively unchanged since 1990 when it was recorded as 2,074.
    Shiner Cannon
    "TAKE TWO, THEY'RE SMALL"
    Small town artillery
    Every October 2, Shiner's neighbor Gonzales commemorates the anniversary of the first shot fired for Texas independence. The original cannon was buried to avoid capture and was thought lost until a flood uncovered it in 1936. Since this coincided with the Texas Centennial, there were doubts to it's authenticity. Tests conducted in 1980 confirmed it to be the real McCoy.

    The response to the Mexican request for the cannon was: "Cannon? We ain't got no cannon. We don't need no stinking cannon."

    Sorry. Wrong dialogue.

    History and the rebel's flag records the true response to be "Come and take it!" So Gonzales has a "Come and Take It" celebration, with a reenactment every year

    Several times it has been proposed that Shiner have a "Come and take this!" celebration. But the individual has been outvoted and is usually escorted from the building.
    Shiner
    Absolutely Shiner
    Shiner citizens are called Shinerites. This is probably the reason they changed the name from Half Moon. It's hard enough to be a Moonie, but a half Moonie?

    Billed as "The Cleanest Little City in Texas", it certainly lives up to it's name.

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    Shiner Texas main street
    "Main Street" Shiner
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008

    A Walk Through Shiner

    Photos courtesy Stephen Michaels
    Shiner Texas Opera House
    The Shiner Opera House
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008
    Shiner Texas Walters Bros Building
    Wolters Bros Building
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008
    Shiner Texas 1911 Walters Bros tilework
    Wolter's Brother's entry
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008
    Texas Shiner Green Bldg
    The William Green Building
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008
    Shiner Texas 1911 Green Building tilework
    Green Building entrance and threshold
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008
    Shiner Texas 1920s Traffic Button - STOP

    A rare 1920s "Traffic Button"
    Others have been found in Calvert, Carthage, Kerens, and Merkel
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008

    Shiner Texas Welhausen Wilkinson tilework
    Another tiled entry
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008
    Shiner Texas brickwork
    Looking up
    TE photo, July 2008
    Shiner Hardware Co 1911, Shiner Texas
    Shiner Hardware entry
    TE photo, July 2008
    Shiner Texas Chas Preotzei

    Cast iron threshold - business unknown
    TE photo, July 2008

    Shiner Texas bricks, wood, cement , pipes, wire, clouds

    Shiner back alley textures
    TE photo, July 2008

    Shiner TX Ghost Sign

    Photo courtesy Carl Owen, 2009

    Shiner TX - Stoves-Tinware Ghost Sign

    Stoves-Tinware Ghost Sign
    Photo courtesy Carl Owen, 2008
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    Shiner Landmarks & Attractions

  • The Spoetzl Brewery
    603 E. Brewery St. 361-594-3383
    This is perhaps the main draw for those who visit Shiner. As you may have gathered by their recent ad campaign, Shiner Beer is "Brewed with an attitude". You can tour the brewery (Winter Monday thru Friday 11a.m. & 1:30p.m.; Summer 10& 11 a.m., 1:30 & 2:30p.m.) and find out for yourself what kind of attitude. Check out their gift/shop museum.
  • The Kasper Wire Works which is across the street from the brewery, also has tours, but by appointment. They celebrated their Centennial in 1998.
    The introduction of barbed wire in 1874 put a serious crimp in smooth wire sales. It was either attach all those barbs or find another use for it. This is exactly what August Kasper did. From a simple woven wire basket, they are now one of the largest manufacturers of fan guards, fry baskets, and newspaper racks in the world. If you have lost money in one of these racks, do not ask for a refund here. The coin mechanism is not made by Kasper. The fact that you couldn't remove a paper after losing your money, well, that demonstrates the quality of the product.
  • The Edwin Wolters Museum exhibits Shiner's past and is open Mon.-Fri. 8-5, which isn't too convenient if you are a weekend visitor. You can move to Shiner, or wait for the 2nd or 4th Sunday when it is open 2-5 P.M. 306 S. Ave. I. 361-594-3774
  • The 1895 Opera House, now called The Gaslight Theater puts on about three performances per year. Check with the chamber at 361-594-4180.
  • Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church
    An architectural jewel is the 1921 Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, a red brick Romanesque Revival style structure with painted murals and magnificent stained glass windows imported from Bavaria.
  • Saints Cyril and Methodius Church; Shiner, Texas
    Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church
  • Welhausen Park in downtown Shiner features historic gazebo and various monuments, and is where Shiner shines with its lighting display beginning Dec. 1.
  • Green-Dickson Municipal Park 361-594-3362
  • Shiner Chamber of Commerce

    P.O. Box 221
    810 N. Avenue E, Shiner, Texas 77984-0221
    Phone: (361) 594-4180
    Website: http://www.shinertx.com/
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  • Palmetto State Park view
    Palmetto State Park
    Photo Courtesy John Frasier
    Shiner, Texas Nearby Destinations:
  • Moulton
    10 or 11 miles north of Shiner (the maps and signs differ) on Hwy 95.
    Suggested slogan: Try writing on our water tower.
    Now if your town was closest to Shiner, "The cleanest little city in Texas", why even try? But they do try, and they succeed.
    Moulton Chamber of Commerce, 361-596-7205.
  • Palmetto State Park is not that far a drive from Shiner and a good way to spend a day in a setting unusual for this part of Texas. Take Alt.90 west, then north via US183 and FM1586 to Park Road 11, which is a scenic drive through the park. Come here to see the exceptional variety of plants, many tropical, some found no where else in the Southwest.
    Website:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/palmetto/palmetto.htm
  • Cuero and DeWitt County
    For a weekend in the country, Shiner can be your take off point to enjoy the open gently rolling pastures so characteristic of this part of Texas.
    See our trip to Cuero and DeWitt County, just a short drive away.
  • GETTING THERE FROM HOUSTON
    HEAD WEST ON I-10. Exit at Schulenburg and head south on Hwy 77. Take your time and check out Schulenburg and Hallettsville. Don't miss the Courthouse square in Hallettsville. It's one block NW of the intersection of 77 and 90. Head west on 90 to Shiner. When it's time to leave (if you must), head north on 95 to Moulton and Flatonia.

    FROM AUSTIN take 183 through Lockhart and Luling, cross I-10 and continue to Gonzales where you'll pick up 90. Head east to Shiner.

    FROM SAN ANTONIO take 90 through Seguin and Gonzales.

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    Shiner Texas bridge over Boggy Creek

    Old bridge over Boggy Creek, on the grounds of the Shiner Brewery.
    (Bridge was relocated from Caldwell County)
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    Shiner Texas 70's decal
    70's decal
    TE photo, July 2008
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