Weimar, Texas

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Weimar is a city in Colorado County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,981 at the 2000 census.

In 1873 the town was founded as Jackson, but subsequently called Weimar in tribute to the German city of Weimar.[3]

Located on Interstate 10 and US 90 between San Antonio, Austin, and Houston, Weimar is a small community of predominately Czech and German descendants.

Weimar is famous for Kasper's sausage, which draws a crowd every Saturday to Kasper's Meat Market in downtown Weimar.

There is also a strong history of baseball in Weimar. The Veterans Park (Strickland Field) was ahead of its time when it was built in 1948, and was the first lighted baseball field between San Antonio and Houston. The Veterans Park remains a state-of-the-art baseball stadium, having hosted a Babe Ruth League World Series Tournament in 2005.[4]

Weimar was the place where Norman J. Sirnic and Karen Sirnic were murdered by serial killer Angel Maturino Resendiz on May 2, 1999. Their parsonage was adjacent to the train tracks.

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History

Weimar was founded in 1873 in anticipation that the Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio Railway was going to build through the site. The community was first called Jackson, after D. W. Jackson, a native Georgian and area landowner who donated land for the railroad right-of-way and the townsite. The populace subsequently chose the name Weimar; an early record states that Thomas W. Peirce, who authorized Jackson to sell lots at the site, had visited Weimar, Germany, and was favorably impressed.

The Weimar post office was established in 1873. The town was incorporated in 1875. After beginning with a few hundred townspeople, Weimar had by its tenth birthday achieved a population of over 1,000. As it grew Weimar established itself as a center of trade for pecans, poultry, and dairy products. By 1877 the town was large enough to make its first city map. In 1888 Weimar witnessed the origin of the first town newspaper, The Weimar Mercury, which currently remains in publication.

Local industries include meat processing, tooling and sheet-metal works, and manufacturing of gaskets. Agriculture continues to play an important role as Weimar continues to trade in feed grain, poultry, corn, pecans, and beef. The former GH&SA railroad remains in service today as part of the Union Pacific Railroad system.[5]

Throughout the twentieth century, Weimar enjoyed a slow yet steady growth in population, increasing on an average by 250 persons every ten years. Business establishments held their numbers steady at around seventy. After a high population of 2,400 in 1976, the town declined slightly in the following decade. In 1980 the population was 2,128. In 1990 the population of Weimar was 2,052, in 2000 it was 1,981, and in 2006 it was 2,024.[5][6]

Geography

Weimar is located at 29°42′8″N 96°46′48″W / 29.70222°N 96.78°W / 29.70222; -96.78 (29.702348, -96.779950).[7]

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