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All about Cat Spring, Texas.
As little as Cat Spring, Texas is, we've been a major influence on  central Texas culture. From early beginnings as an agricultural mecca, to modern day home to some of the most forward thinkers in the area. Find below some history about Cat Spring, Texas.

Cat Spring is a place where slowing down just a little from the hectic chores of life is an every day pleasure.

Cat Spring is one of the first German/American settlements in Texas. It's home to Texas’ first agricultural society and its vintage wooden hall is the site of an annual antiques fair each September.

Tour the edge of the Texas Hill Country to see wildflowers, visit local antiques shops in Cat Spring, Bellville & Sealy or soak in that unique form of small-town and country relaxation at Davis’ nearby BlissWood Bed & Breakfast at Lehmann Legacy Ranch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From the book The Cat Spring Story,  published in 1956, excerpts describing the early settlement of Cat Spring.

“This is the intriguing story of one of the earliest successful German settlements in Texas."

“Cat Spring is in Austin County, a few miles southwest of the county seat, Bellville. Soils range from deep sand and sandy loams to heavy mixed soils. The rolling prairie-type land made it easy to start farming. Water was available for livestock and domestic uses. Near the original settlement (not where Cat Spring is today) is a large spring. It is reported that someone killed a wildcat nearby and is first called Wildcat Spring but was later shortened to Cat Spring (Katzenquelle).

“Many names still prominent in the life of Texas are found in the original list of those who first settled here in the early 1830’s; names such as Von Roeder, Kleberg, Hintz, Eckelberg, Amsler, Mueller, Welhausen, Meyer, Engelking, Riebenstein, Trenckmann, Vornkahl, Regenbrecht, Keuffel and Rinicke. Charles Nagel, born near Cat Spring in 1849, was Secretary of Commerce and Labor under President Taft. “The settlement was founded in 1832 when Austin County had a population of about a thousand people. The little town began to grow and by 1880 it had a gin, a saw mill, a grist mill and a planing mill. There was also a hotel, a saddle shop, a shoe shop, a school and a church.

 

“Settlers of Teutonic origin came from various parts of Western Europe. Frequently mentioned in the minutes (of the Cat Spring Agricultural Society) and related literature are such localities as Hanover, Westphalia, Mecklenburg, Oldenburg, Hamburg and Saxony. Others came later from Switzerland and Moravia... Anglo-Saxon settlements in the United States already had tasted freedom of speech, of the press and of religion.

But this was something new in the lives of the German immigrants. They had been subjected in the old country to political bondage, compulsory military training in peace time, wars, and a type of serfdom that approached the old feudal system. Because of this they came to America seeking those things that Americans had so long enjoyed. They found it and stayed.“One hundred years later very little of the old town remains. Remnants of foundations can still be seen by nothing of the original Cat Spring is intact.

“About 1885 when the railroad came through, the town was moved to a new location (where it is located today). It is still a small town but it has a post office, several stores, two rural mail carriers and a telephone system.”

 

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