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Holman, Texas

Holman is at the intersection of Farm roads 155 and 1965, fifteen miles southeast of La Grange in southeastern Fayette County.

History

Holman was originally called Pecan because its site was on Pecan Creek. The community developed on lands granted to Jesse Burnam by Stephen F. Austin on August 16, 1824. Nearby, Burnam built his home, along with a a trading post and a ferry to cross the Colorado River; the ferry was used and then destroyed by Gen. Sam Houston and the Texas army in their retreat from Gonzales after the fall of the Alamo. The community that developed at this site was eventually named for John Holman, who established a plantation there after marrying Burnam's daughter, and for his son Nat Holman, who during the Civil War served in Company F of Terry's Texas Rangers. During the period 1850 to 1875 many German and Czech families moved into the area to grow cotton on the rich bottomlands along the Colorado River. In 1873 the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway extended its line westward from Columbus, and Weimar developed in Colorado County five miles south of Holman. This brought more farmers to the area but also enticed commercial interests to abandon Holman in favor of Weimar. Still Holman grew, and a post office was established there in 1891. By 1900 the community had two schools, two stores, two saloons (one with a dance hall), a blacksmith and wheelwright, and a gin, which processed an average of 1,424 bales of cotton a year. The post office closed in 1907, and most of the area trade was conducted in Weimar. The construction of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in 1919 gave Holman a new focal point, but the realignment of the country schools in the late 1940s divided local students into three different districts. In 1950 Holman had three businesses and seventy-five residents. Its cotton gin closed in the late 1950s. Holman's population was reported as 116 from the late 1960s through 2000. The land between Holman and the Colorado River was extensively strip-mined for sand and gravel during the early 1980s, and by 1985 only a store and the church remained to serve a scattered population. County highway maps in 2000 showed several cemeteries in the area. Source: Handbook of Texas Online.

Holman History 1902. Holman is picturesquely situated on Pecan Creek, about thirteen miles southeast from La Grange on the La Grange-Weimar Valley road, two miles distant from the Colorado in Mullins' Prairie. North of it are the bottom lands of Williams Creek. The country is very rich and fertile blackland prairie. The population is American, German and Bohemian. First settlers, G. W. Lewis, Nat Holman, Jno. Ossina, Lott Fisher and the Seydler family. It consists of two stores and saloons, a blacksmith and wheelwright shop. Kristek Bros. are the progressive owners of a first-class gin which gins on an average 1425 bales per year. At night the gin building is illumed by electric lights.

Holman is also called Pecan after the creek by that name. It is a postoffice and a voting precinct. - Fayette County, Her History and Her People, Schulenburg, Texas, 1902

Location

29° 47' 46.824" N, 96° 47' 46.932" W