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RHINELAND, TEXAS

Knox County, Texas Panhandle / North Central Texas
FM 2534 and 267
SE of Benjamin
85 miles N of Abilene
6 miles N of Munday
18 miles NE of Knox City

Population 196 (2000)

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St. Joseph's Catholic Church,  Rhineland, Texas
St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rhineland

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson,
May 2004
History in a Pecan Shell

Father Joseph R. Reisdorff and Hugo Herchenbach are credited with settling the community in 1895. These men formed a German Catholic colony with the cooperation of J. C. League who donated 12,000 which was named for the Rhineland region in Germany.

It was officially established in February 1895, but despite an aggressive newspaper ad campaign, the town got off to a slow start. It wasn't until 1899 when a schoolhouse was first built - and a more substantial brick building was built in 1926, providing schooling through high school.

The population was a mere 75 people in 1950 although it had increased to nearly 200 by 1980. The Rhineland post office closed and the school merged with those in nearby Munday.

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Rhineland Texas Forum

  • Subject: Oldest resident of Rhineland
    My grandma, Rose Decker Birkenfeld was born in 1909 at Rhineland, Texas. She raised 8 children (Alber Leslie, Bryan, Clarence, Joe Lynn, John Ronald, Carol, Stephane, Vernie) When she was 60 years old, after the loss of one of her sons and husband she took in 2 grandkids (Kirsten and Bridget) to raise them as her own. She quilted and painted some, but her heart was in cooking. She lived in her Nazareth home until the ripe age of 95 1/2. She then moved into a nursing home. In 1997 she became the oldest resident of Nazareth. Being 97 is no shock to the Decker family. Her oldest brother lived in Rhineland until he was 106 years. They mentioned at Rhineland's 100th year anniversary that Joe Decker was older than the town. Rose's brother Frank lived in Alberqueque until he was 96, her sister, Annie, lived in Oklahoma until she was 92, and her oldest sister, Mary, lived to be 96. Thank you. - Bridget Birkenfeld, March 19, 2006

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