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Early town on land grant of Keziah Cryer. Named for settler James Lyons, killed by 1837 Indian raiders, who kidnapped his son Warren.
In 1860s town had stores, Masonic Lodge, school, post office and was on "Cotton Road" to Mexico, but it died i…
From the time of the first European settlers in Texas, yellow fever was a serious concern. Transmitted through mosquitoes, epidemics in the summer months were prevalent in coastal cities all over North America in the nineteenth century. At the tim…
Erected 1852 as J.C. Stiehl family home; sold to Etaerio Club in 1912 and given to City of La Grange in 1938.
Architecture is German "Fachwerk", using handmade brick and hand-hewn cedar timbers joined with wooden pegs. Restored in 1967-1969.
An 1890s commercial building on this site was used throughout the 20th century. The rectangular plan, frame construction building featured a false front, supported awning and double doors flanked by windows. Frank Svrcek owned several lots on the …
Frank Svrcek owned a commercial building here in the 1890s. The rectangular frame building with stepped parapet had two pairs of doors, one tin and the other wooden. Walter Meinen's Chevrolet dealership in the 1920s, and later Harry Cordes' garage…
August 1, 1899
La Grange, Fayette County
Opened about 1828 by James Gotcher from Alabama, a settler on Rabb's Creek in present Lee County, as route from San Felipe, in Stephen F. Austin's original colony, to Bastrop in second or "little" colony. A short, exposed route to the upper settle…
One-half mile south to site of
An extensive tract of land purchased in 1843 for colonization by German emigrants. Named for Duke Adolf of Nassau, protector of the emigration society, it was once one of the show places of Te…
Built by William S. Townsend about 1834. Of cedar timbers — one large room, fireplace and loft for sleeping quarters.
Purchased in 1848 by Samuel K. Lewis; enlarged to present form.
Became known as "Sam Lewis' Stopping Place" for many …
South Carolina native Samuel K. Lewis married Marshall Ann Moore in 1830 and they settled on his Mississippi plantation. In 1838 the Lewis family was drawn to Texas. Originally a surveyor, Lewis served Austin County in the Republic of Texas House …