Muenster, Texas

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Muenster is a city in Cooke County, Texas, United States, along U.S. Route 82. The population was 1,556 at the 2000 census.

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History

In 1887 the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad constructed a line from Gainesville to Henrietta that passed through the site that would become Muenster. The town was subsequently founded in 1889 by German Catholic settlers Carl and Emil Flusche, who invited other German Catholics to join them. The town was originally to be called Westphalia, but since the name Westphalia, Texas was already taken, Muenster was selected instead in honor of Münster, the capital of Westphalia, but these cities are not sister-cities.

Many residents still spoke German in day-to-day life up until the First World War, after which the language was no longer taught in the schools and steadily declined in use.

With more than 90% of the population German Catholic, the town did manage to preserve many German customs, and still produces traditional foods at the local meat market and bäckerei. There is an annual festival in April, Germanfest, which includes lots of beer, BBQ, German food, music, and bike and footraces. A Christkindlmarkt is also held each year on Thanksgiving weekend.

Their Catholicism was so important to the colonists that they built a school before a church was ever established. That school, Sacred Heart Catholic School still exists today (one of only four high schools in the Fort Worth Diocese), along with the public Muenster Independent School District.

Geography

Muenster is located at 33°39′03″N 97°22′32″W / 33.650937°N 97.375659°W / 33.650937; -97.375659.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), of which, 1.3 square miles (3.3 km2) of it is land and 0.77% is water.

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