Danevang is, like Egypt, a rural community rather than a town. The community's name is Danish for “Danish field.” It was settled in 1894 under the auspices of the Danish Peoples Society, which facilitated the transfer of Danish immigrant farm families from the Midwest to the Texas Coastal Bend. Without railroad connections, Danevang remained so isolated that until paved highways were built in the 1930s, Danish families retained a strong sense of cultural identity. Danevang represents the transitions experienced on the northern edge of the Coastal Bend during the course of the nineteenth century, as rural land use went from stock raising by large-scale operators such as the Pierce brothers to family farming by non-Anglophone European immigrants.
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