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Fayette County

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Population
Change fm 2010
Area (sq.mi.)
Land area (sq.mi.)
Altitude (ft.)
Rainfall (in.)
Jan. avg. min.
July avg. max.
Civilian labor
Unemployed
Wages
Per Capita Inc.
Prop. Value
Retail Sales

25,149
2.4
959.8
950.0
200–590
40.46
39.2
95.5
12,277
3.8
$87,486,299
$51,176
$6,186,305,367
$400,891,966

map of Fayette County
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Physical Features: South central county bisected by Colorado River; Fayette County Reservoir; rolling to level; sandy loam, black waxy soils.

Economy: Agribusiness, production of electricity, mineral production, government/services, small manufacturing, tourism.

locator map for Fayette County

History: Lipan Apaches and Tonkawas. Austin’s colonists arrived in 1822. Germans and Czechs began arriving in 1840s. County created from Bastrop, Colorado counties in 1837; organized in 1838; named for hero of American Revolution, Marquis de Lafayette.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 71.4; Black, 6.6; Hispanic, 20.8; Asian, 0.5; Other, 1.3; Two or more races, 1.2.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 243; deaths, 326; marriages, 117; divorces, 67.

Recreation: Monument Hill, Kreische brewery, Faison Home Museum, other historic sites including “Painted Churches”; hunting, fishing, lake; German and Czech ethnic foods; Prazska Pout in August, Octoberfests.

Minerals: Oil, gas, sand, gravel, bentonite clay.

Agriculture: Beef cattle, corn, hay, sorghum, pecans, dairies. Market value $66.4 million. Firewood sold.

LA GRANGE (4,772) county seat; electric-power generation, varied manufacturing, food processing, retail trade, tourism; hospital, library, quilt museum, polka museum, archives; Czech heritage center; Best Little Cowboy Gathering in March.

Schulenburg (3,049) varied manufacturing, food processing; Blinn College extension; aircraft, polka music museums; sausagefest in April.

Round Top (92) music center, tourism; old Lutheran church, heritage museum; antiques shows, April/October; International Festival Institute, July-August; Shakespeare festival in April, Schuetzenfest in September, and Winedale (67), historic restorations including Winedale Inn.

Other towns include: Carmine (263); Ellinger (386) Tomato Festival in May; Fayetteville (267) tourism, antiques, old precinct courthouse, Lickskillet festival in October; Flatonia (1,422) food production, manufacturing, cattle ranching; rail history museum, Czhilispiel in October; Ledbetter (83); Muldoon (95); Plum (145); Warda (121); Warrenton (186) antique Cadillac museum; West Point (213), and Winchester (232).

Fayette pronuncation

 

Precinct courthouse in Round Top

The precinct courthouse in Round Top. Photo by Robert Plocheck.

 

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