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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, 71.0; Black, 6.3; Hispanic, 21.5; Asian, 0.5; Other, 1.3; Two or more races, 1.3.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 282; deaths, 326; marriages, 125; divorces, 81.

Recreation: Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites, 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 $47.4 million. Firewood sold.

LA GRANGE (4,751) 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 (2,935) varied manufacturing, food processing; Blinn College extension; aircraft, polka music museums; sausagefest in April.

Round Top (88) 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 (258); Ellinger (386) Tomato Festival in May; Fayetteville (271) tourism, antiques, old precinct courthouse, Lickskillet festival in October; Flatonia (1,511) food production, manufacturing, government/services; rail history museum, parks, Czhilispiel in October; Ledbetter (83); Muldoon (95); Plum (145); Warda (121); Warrenton (186) antique Cadillac museum; West Point (213), and Winchester (232).

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Precinct courthouse in Round Top

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