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    CASTELL, TEXAS

    Llano County, Texas Hill Country
    FM 2768 and FM 152
    3 miles S of Highway 29
    18 miles W of Llano
    88 miles W of Austin
    18 miles E of Mason
    42 miles N of Fredericksburg

    Population: 72 (since 1970)

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     Castell, Texas - post office & general store
    General Store & Post Office
    Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, August 2005
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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Castell now has the distinction of being the oldest surviving settlement in Llano County. Although the town is now on the south bank of the Llano River, it began on the north bank in 1847. Castell was settled by German immigrants led by Count Emil von Kriewitz. John O. Meusebach had chosen the land following the dictates of the Fisher-Miller land grant. The towns namesake was Count Carl Frederick Castell-Castell, business manager of the Adelsverein. Other "sister-settlements" included Bettina, Leiningen, and Schoenburg - all of which failed to survive. A post office opened on the south side of the river in 1872.

    The local Methodist and Lutheran churches date from 1852 and Castell remains a religious center in Llano County. Most residents are descendants of the original settlers.

    Castell TX City Limit Sign
    Castell City Limit
    Photo courtesy William Beachamp, July 2011
    Photographers' Notes:
    "It was a busy day in Castell the day we passed through. There was a wedding in town and a family reunion at the schoolhouse. The schoolhouse looks to have been recently renovated. People were cooling of in the nearby river as well." - William Beachamp

    "The schoolhouse and church actually face each other and are across the street from the general store. Apparently there is a rooster at the general store, who is somewhat of a local celebrity. There’s a sign outside that mentions it, and a Chicken Crossing traffic sign." - Erik Whetstone
    Old schoolhouse in Castell, Texas
    The Old Castell Schoolhouse
    Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, August 2005
    TX - Castell School historical marker
    Castell School historical marker
    Photo courtesy William Beachamp, July 2011
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    Methodist Church in Castell, Texas
    Trinity United Methodist Church
    Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, August 2005
    Castell TX - Trinity United Methodist Church
    Photo courtesy William Beachamp, July 2011
    Castell TX - Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery
    Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery
    Photo courtesy William Beachamp, July 2011
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    Castell Tx - St. John Lutheran Church
    St. John Lutheran Church
    Photo courtesy William Beachamp, July 2011
    Castell TX - St. John Lutheran Church Historical Marker
    St. John Lutheran Church Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy William Beachamp, July 2011
    St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery
    St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery
    Photo courtesy William Beachamp, July 2011
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    Castell Tx Town View
    Castell Town View
    Photo courtesy William Beachamp, July 2011
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