Schulenburg, Texas

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Schulenburg, Texas
Main street schulenburg 2012.jpg
Motto: 
"Halfway to Everywhere"
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
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyFayette
IncorporatedMay 24, 1875
Government
 • MayorOtto Kocian
 • City council
Aldermen
 • City managerTami Walker
Area
 • Total2.61 sq mi (6.77 km2)
 • Land2.61 sq mi (6.77 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
367 ft (112 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total2,633
 • Density1,114.38/sq mi (430.29/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
78956
Area code979
FIPS code48-66188[2]
GNIS feature ID1346794[3]
Websiteschulenburgtx.org

Schulenburg is a city in Fayette County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,633 at the 2020 census.[4] Known for its German culture, Schulenburg is home of the Texas Polka Music Museum. It is in a rural, agricultural area settled by German and Czech emigrants in the 1800s.[5]

History[edit]

In 1831, the Mexican government granted 4,428 acres (1,792 ha) of land to Kesiah Crier. Crier's family and the James Lyons family were the first European-American 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. They built a depot on the portion formerly owned by Louis Schulenburg, and named it after him.[6][7] The first train arrived on New Year's Eve of 1873, and the town was formally incorporated on May 24, 1875.

City in 1881

Many of the early settlers to Schulenburg and the surrounding area were immigrants of German, Austrian and Czech descent, who came after the Revolutions of 1848 in Europe. The area still shows evidence of their cultures.[6] For instance, local bakeries are noted for their kolaches, a Czech pastry.

Jewish immigrants also made Schulenburg their home, and many of them became merchants. Initially from Germany in the mid-19th century, they were later joined by immigrants from eastern Europe.[8]

The town is the home of Stanzel Flying Models, makers of wire-controlled and free-flight model airplanes for nearly 70 years. Schulenburg is also home to Shaller Go-Karts manufacturing, for use in many tracks around the country.[9]

Geography[edit]

Schulenburg is located in southern Fayette County at 29°40′49″N 96°54′26″W / 29.68028°N 96.90722°W / 29.68028; -96.90722 (29.680320, –96.907138),[10] on high ground 2 miles (3 km) east of the Navidad River. It is about 95 miles west of Houston, Texas.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Schulenburg has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2), all of it land.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Schulenburg racial composition as of 2020[11]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 1,406 53.4%
Black or African American (NH) 379 14.39%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 3 0.11%
Asian (NH) 16 0.61%
Some Other Race (NH) 10 0.38%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 43 1.63%
Hispanic or Latino 776 29.47%
Total 2,633

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,633 people, 964 households, and 600 families residing in the city.

As of the census[2] 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.

Climate[edit]

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
(26)
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)
60
(15)
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)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.47
(63)
2.46
(62)
2.76
(70)
2.47
(63)
4.42
(112)
4.30
(109)
2.35
(60)
2.54
(65)
3.45
(88)
4.49
(114)
3.45
(88)
2.61
(66)
37.77
(959)
Source: weather.com[14]
Historical population
Census Pop.
1880719
189081613.5%
19001,14940.8%
19101,091−5.0%
19201,24614.2%
19301,60428.7%
19401,97022.8%
19502,0051.8%
19602,20710.1%
19702,2943.9%
19802,4697.6%
19902,455−0.6%
20002,6999.9%
20102,8525.7%
20202,633−7.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]

Education[edit]

The city is served by the Schulenburg Independent School District and is home to the Schulenburg Shorthorns. St. Rose of Lima Catholic School (grades Pre-K through 8) operates under the guidance of the Diocese of Victoria.

Other educational institutions include a campus of Blinn College, a public junior 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.[16]

Transportation and Infrastructure[edit]

Schulenburg is located at the general convergence of three major US highways: Interstate 10, U.S. Route 90, and U.S. Route 77. The two US routes form the central intersection of the street, and I-10 flows just north of the city center.

Air travel to Schulenburg is sparse. No general aviation airports exist within five miles of the city centre, and the closest major commercial airports are Austin International, San Antonio International, and the two Houston airports (Hobby International and Bush Intercontinental).

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Schulenburg city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved August 25, 2016.[dead link]
  5. ^ "TSHA | Fayetteville, TX (Fayette County)".
  6. ^ a b "Schulenburg, Texas". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  7. ^ "Profile for Schulenburg, Texas, TX". ePodunk. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  8. ^ "Tri-County Jewish Community: Columbus, Hallettsville, La Grange, Schulenburg" Archived 2012-06-14 at the Wayback Machine, found in the Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities,
  9. ^ https://www.shaller.com/
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  11. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-05-25.
  12. ^ http://www.census.gov[not specific enough to verify]
  13. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  14. ^ "Monthly Averages for Muldoon, TX". Retrieved 2009-09-10.
  15. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  16. ^ "About The Schulenburg Sticker". The Schulenburger Sticker. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[12][13]

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