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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church High Hill, Texas (Schulenburg)

In the early 1860’s during the European immigration several families of Austrian and German descent  settled in High Hill.  They were searching for religious freedom and opportunities in the new world – they were some of the lucky ones that settled in THE LONE STAR STATE!  Life was not easy for these early Texans.. they […]

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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: Ammannsville’s Painted Church St John the Baptist Catholic Church

Ammannsville, Texas‘ roots go back to the 1870’s and is named after the first settler, Andrew Amman.  Like many of the towns in the area the early settlers were German and Czech immigrants.  In 1876 the first business opened and the town had a post office by 1890. St. John the Baptist Catholic Church was […]

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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: A TEXAS BACKROAD CHRISTMAS

Every year, come December there is magic in the air as we prepare for Christmas and the chance to celebrate Jesus’ birth.  After Mary and Joseph had traveled the BACKROADS our savior was born in a manger.  There is not better place to celebrate the birth of Christ then on the Backroads of THE LONE […]

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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: CLAIREMONT, TEXAS – a West Texas ghost town

In the center of Kent County Texas is Clairemont – the formal county seat and now a ghost town.  Clairemont was established in 1892, located on land owned by R.L. Rhomberg, a local rancher.  The new town was named after his niece, Claire Becker.   The town soon had several stores, a bank, a newspaper, […]

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