The area was settled in the mid-nineteenth century by Germans, Austrians, and Bohemians (Czechs), bringing a culture of food (sausages, smoked meat, kolaches, and beer) and music (“Tex-Czech” polka bands) that is still richly observed. Schulenburg was founded in 1873 along the Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio Railway on land donated by Louis Schulenburg. Significant in the town's history is the arrival of the Carnation Milk Company in 1929, one of the first national corporations to locate in Texas.
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