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Historical Images of Castroville, Texas

September 15, 2014

Castroville is well-known for its old-world charm, complete with picturesque nineteenth century stone structures. Many of the town’s citizens are descendants of the original Alsatian settlers. A few still speak the Alsatian dialect of their ancestors.

Earlier this month, the town of Castroville celebrated the 170th anniversary of its founding. Speakers, at five historic sites, recounted the story of the people from Alsace who arrived at the site of present-day Castroville in September 1844. In addition to the presentations, the Alsatian Dancers of Texas and local bands performed for visitors. There were also numerous booths with arts, crafts, and historical displays.

UTSA Libraries Special Collections was among the exhibitors, showcasing copies of over 100 photographs of Castroville found in our collections. These are some of those images.

 

Laurent Quintle House and Store, circa 1940.  (MS 362:  107-0035)

Laurent Quintle House and Store, circa 1940. (MS 362: 107-0035)

Wagon train pauses on Houston Square, circa 1900.   (MS 362:  096-0537)

Wagon train pauses on Houston Square, circa 1900. (MS 362: 096-0537)

Castroville Brass Band, circa 1915.  (MS 362:  081-0640)

Castroville Brass Band, circa 1915. (MS 362: 081-0640)

Zuercher Millinery in Klappenbach Building, Madrid Street (Houston Square), circa 1900.  (MS 362:  072-0877)

Zuercher Millinery in Klappenbach Building, Madrid Street (Houston Square), circa 1900. (MS 362: 072-0877)

Joseph Courand General Store, Paris and Lorenzo Streets, early 1900s.  (MS 362: 072-0875)

Joseph Courand General Store, Paris and Lorenzo Streets, early 1900s. (MS 362: 072-0875)

Tarde Hotel, Fiorella Street, circa 1940.  (MS 362:  107-0027)

Tarde Hotel, Fiorella Street, circa 1940. (MS 362: 107-0027)

Ed Tschirhart (left) and Andy Halberdier, Tschirhart Blacksmith Shop, Paris Street (Houston Square), ca. 1905.  (MS 362: 96-542).

Ed Tschirhart (left) and Andy Halberdier, Tschirhart Blacksmith Shop, Paris Street (Houston Square), ca. 1905. (MS 362: 96-542)

Tondre Saloon, early 1900s.  (MS 362:  077-0046)

Tondre Saloon, early 1900s. (MS 362: 077-0046)

Pierre Francois Pingenot House, Petersburg Street, circa 1940  (MS362:  107-0045)

Pierre Francois Pingenot House, Petersburg Street, circa 1940 (MS362: 107-0045)

Roberta and Lucy Hopp outside the Kieser-Pingenot House, Madrid Street, 1897.  (MS 362:  109-0762)

Roberta and Lucy Hopp outside the Kieser-Pingenot House, Madrid Street, 1897. (MS 362: 109-0762)

Philip Wernette Saloon, Fiorella and London Streets, 1909.  (MS 362:  109-0750)

Philip Wernette Saloon, Fiorella and London Streets, 1909. (MS 362: 109-0750)

Office of Anton Haller, justice of the Peace, in the Joseph Carle House and Store Building, Madrid Street (Houston Square), circa 1940.  (MS 362:  107-0037)

Office of Anton Haller, justice of the Peace, in the Joseph Carle House and Store Building, Madrid Street (Houston Square), circa 1940. (MS 362: 107-0037)

Moye Military School, London Street, early 1940s.  (MS 355:  Z-0310-A-2)

Moye Military School, London Street, early 1940s. (MS 355: Z-0310-A-2)

St. Louis Catholic Church, with fresco work by Fred Donecker and son, 1902.  (MS 362:  88-144)

St. Louis Catholic Church, with fresco work by Fred Donecker and son, 1902. (MS 362: 88-144)

St. Louis Catholic Church on Houston Square, 1951.  (MS 359: L-4106-A)

St. Louis Catholic Church on Houston Square, 1951. (MS 359: L-4106-A)

 

 

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Ruth Kusenberger permalink
    March 2, 2017 2:18 pm

    Great pictures. My ancestors were the Pichot-Pingenot. Enjoyed the pix of our house.Thank you for your work and time.

    • S.Bolyard permalink
      March 28, 2017 8:29 pm

      Hello…. I am the current owner of the P. F. Pingenot at 507 Petersburg…
      I truly love and respect the house..
      S. Bolyard

  2. Frances Morey permalink
    March 2, 2017 3:32 pm

    St. Louis Catholic Church just missed the opportunity to become one of Texas’ Painted Churches. The murals were still extant when I was married there in 1964.

    • Alex Tschirhart permalink
      April 20, 2017 5:04 pm

      So good to hear from you. The pictures are just great.Marian Tschirhart

  3. March 4, 2017 2:50 am

    would have been awesome to see side by side photos of then and now next to some of them. But this is awesome! Love history

  4. Violet permalink
    March 4, 2017 9:22 am

    hope these go thru- great pictures

  5. May 9, 2017 6:34 pm

    I graduated from Moye Military School, class of 1951 (1946-1951). Would like to hear from former cadets. ph 210 341-1210. Luis Arturo Jimenez

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