Schulenburg, Texas

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Schulenburg, Texas
City
Main street schulenburg 2012.jpg
Motto: "Gateway to the Rolling Hills"
Location of Schulenburg, Texas
Location of Schulenburg, Texas
Fayette County Schulenburg.svg
Coordinates: 29°40′49″N 96°54′26″W / 29.68028°N 96.90722°W / 29.68028; -96.90722Coordinates: 29°40′49″N 96°54′26″W / 29.68028°N 96.90722°W / 29.68028; -96.90722
Country United States
State Texas
County Fayette
Incorporated May 24, 1875
Government
 • Mayor Roger Moellenberndt
 • City Council
 • City Manager Don Doering
Area
 • Total 2.4 sq mi (6.3 km2)
 • Land 2.4 sq mi (6.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 367 ft (112 m)
Population (2000)Current population needs to be updated: 2010= 2852
 • Total 2,699
 • Density 1,107.8/sq mi (427.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 78956
Area code(s) 979
FIPS code 48-66188[1]
GNIS feature ID 1346794[2]
Website City of Schulenburg, Texas
Texas Polka Music Museum in Schulenburg
The Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce office is located at 618 N. Main Street next to Lions Park and across from the Polka Music Museum.

Schulenburg is a city in Fayette County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,750 at the 2010 census. Known for its German culture, Schulenburg is home of the Texas Polka Music Museum.

History[edit]

City in 1881

In 1831, the Mexican government granted 4,428 acres (17.92 km2) of land to Kesiah Crier. Crier's family and the James Lyons family were the first white settlers in the area.

The town of Schulenburg developed from two nearby communities: Lyons, founded in 1842, and High Hill, settled in 1842 and later named in 1858. In 1873, the Galveston, Harris and San Antonio Railroad bought land in the area, then built a depot on the portion formerly owned by Louis Schulenburg, naming it after him.[3][4] The first train arrived on New Year's Eve of 1873, and the town was formally incorporated on May 24, 1875.

Many of the early settlers to Schulenburg and the surrounding area were of German, Austrian and Czechoslovakian descent, and the area still shows evidence of their culture.[3] Local bakeries are noted for their kolaches. Other immigrants of Jewish descent also made Schulenburg their home and many of them became merchants.[5]

The town is also known as the home of Stanzel Flying Models, makers of wire-controlled and free-flight model airplanes for nearly 70 years.

Geography[edit]

Schulenburg is located at 29°40′49″N 96°54′26″W / 29.68028°N 96.90722°W / 29.68028; -96.90722 (29.680320, −96.907138).[6] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.3 km²), all of it land.

Climate[edit]

Schulenburg is the warmest city in Fayette County, Texas and central Texas, even hotter than Austin, Texas.

Climate data for Muldoon, Texas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 90
(32)
99
(37)
98
(37)
100
(38)
103
(39)
107
(42)
110
(43)
111
(44)
108
(42)
102
(39)
92
(33)
95
(35)
111
(44)
Average high °F (°C) 61
(16)
65
(18)
71
(22)
78
(26)
84
(29)
90
(32)
93
(34)
95
(35)
89
(32)
81
(27)
71
(22)
62
(17)
78.3
(25.8)
Average low °F (°C) 42
(6)
45
(7)
51
(11)
60
(16)
67
(19)
73
(23)
74
(23)
74
(23)
70
(21)
62
(17)
52
(11)
44
(7)
59.5
(15.3)
Record low °F (°C) 4
(−16)
12
(−11)
14
(−10)
30
(−1)
43
(6)
50
(10)
57
(14)
57
(14)
41
(5)
27
(−3)
19
(−7)
3
(−16)
3
(−16)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.47
(62.7)
2.46
(62.5)
2.76
(70.1)
2.47
(62.7)
4.42
(112.3)
4.30
(109.2)
2.35
(59.7)
2.54
(64.5)
3.45
(87.6)
4.49
(114)
3.45
(87.6)
2.61
(66.3)
37.77
(959.4)
Source: weather.com[7]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,699 people, 1,052 households, and 655 families residing in the city. The population density was 427.1/km² (1,107.8/mi²). There were 1,226 housing units at an average density of 194.0/km² (503.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.29% White, 15.45% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 6.04% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.56% of the population.

There were 1,052 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 27.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 82.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,619, and the median income for a family was $36,326. Males had a median income of $26,111 versus $20,549 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,784. About 6.9% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.6% of those under age 18 and 13.5% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The City of Schulenburg is served by the Schulenburg Independent School District and St. Rose of Lima Catholic School (grades Pre-k through 8).

Other educational institutions include a campus of Blinn College.

Media[edit]

Schulenburg is served by one local newspaper, The Schulenburg Sticker. The Sticker was founded by German immigrant Ernst Goeth and has been in continuous publication since 1894.[8]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "Schulenburg, Texas". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Profile for Schulenburg, Texas, TX". ePodunk. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Tri-County Jewish Community: Columbus, Hallettsville, La Grange, Schulenburg", found in the Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities,
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Monthly Averages for Muldoon, TX". Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  8. ^ "About The Schulenburg Sticker". The Schulenburger Sticker. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 

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