Meyersville

Meyersville is just east of U.S. Highway 183 and fourteen miles south of Cuero in extreme southern DeWitt County. It is the county's second oldest German community. Adolph Meyer and his sister settled on the north side of Twelve Mile Coleto Creek near the La Bahía Road crossing in May 1846; the Fritz Hausman family arrived soon thereafter. In 1847 the settlement was named in honor of Meyer. John York, for whom Yorktown, Texas, is named, aided these settlers, who built log homes near the creek. Supplies were brought from Victoria, a three-day trip of twenty miles, until a store was established at Meyersville. By 1850 twenty families had settled in the area, and in 1851 a log structure was built to serve as a schoolhouse and Lutheran church. Polish immigrants also began settling at Meyersville in the 1850s, and many attended Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, which was housed in a frame structure built in 1859. Some German settlement also occurred on the south side of Twelve Mile Coleto Creek and was considered part of Meyersville, but after 1873 this southside settlement was known as Upper Meyersville. The northside community was then sometimes called Lower Meyersville, though "Lower" was eventually dropped. Population estimates distinguishing these two communities are unavailable; the settlements, simply listed as Meyersville, totaled around 200 to 250 residents from the 1880s to the 1920s, when 150 residents were recorded there.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Yes

Place type

Meyersville is classified as a Town

Associated Names

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Locations

  • Latitude
    28.92831600
    Longitude
    -97.31249150

Has Post Office

Yes

Is Incorporated

No

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Meyersville by the Numbers

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Pop. Year Source
110 2009 Local Officials