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City of La Grange
—  City  —
Location of La Grange, Texas
Coordinates: 29°54′30″N 96°52′30″W / 29.90833°N 96.875°W / 29.90833; -96.875
Country United States
State Texas
County Fayette
Platted 1837
Incorporated 1850
 - Type Mayor-Council
 - Mayor Janet Moerbe
 - City Manager Shawn Raborn
 - Total 3.6 sq mi (9.3 km2)
 - Land 3.6 sq mi (9.2 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 266 ft (81 m)
Population (2008)
 - Total 4,709
 - Density 1,255.2/sq mi (484.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 78945
Area code(s) 979
FIPS code 48-40276[1]
GNIS feature ID 1360798[2]

La Grange is a city in Fayette County, Texas, near the Colorado River. The population was 4,478 at the 2000 census. The 2006 estimated population was 4,645. La Grange is the county seat of Fayette County.[3]



La Grange was the site of an early crossing of the Colorado River along La Bahía Road during the Mexican period. The earliest white settlers in the area were Aylett C. Buckner and Peter Powell, who lived slightly to the west. The first settlement on the city's present location was by Stephen F. Austin's band of colonists in 1822. John Henry Moore built a blockhouse in 1828 as protection from the Comanche. It is known today as Moore's Fort. (The fort is currently found in nearby Round Top, having been moved there for restoration.)[4]

La Grange in 1880

The town was a major site of German and Czech settlement, because the rolling hills and forests are reminiscent of their homelands. Even today the German and Czech influences on the town remain strong, seen in many local customs, the local architecture, and the town's reputation for not having participated in the prohibition of alcoholic beverages during the 1920s and 1930s - beyond a token effort by the local authorities.

La Grange is the site from which the party in the Black Bean Episode left, after gathering around a historic oak that is a local landmark. The tree is still standing and alive, although it suffered some damage after impact from a drunk driver and relies on a concrete support (which it has partially encompassed) to maintain its stability.

Outside of La Grange was the Chicken Ranch, a brothel. It was closed in 1973 largely through the efforts of the Houston television reporter, Marvin Zindler. The town also drew worldwide attention when ZZ Top released its classic rock song "La Grange," which referenced "that home out on the range" (the Chicken Ranch). La Grange was also the inspiration for the hit stage musical play in 1979, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, as well as the 1982 movie based on that play.

The Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center is located at 250 Fair Grounds Road in La Grange. The center is constructing a new archives building, with a seed donation given by the estate of Adolph R. Hanslik of Lubbock. Hanslik was known as the "dean of West Texas cotton producers" and was a native of Hallettsville in Lavaca County.[5]


La Grange is located at 29°54′30″N 96°52′30″W / 29.90833°N 96.875°W / 29.90833; -96.875 (29.908262, -96.875025).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.3 km²), of which 99.72% is land and 0.28% is water.

The average elevation of La Grange is 272 feet (83 meters) above sea level. The average annual temperature is 69 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius).


According to the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,478 people, 1,792 households, and 1,146 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,255.2 people per square mile (484.3 people per km²). There were 2,067 housing units at an average density of 579.4/sq mi (223.5 people per km²). The racial makeup of the city was 74.27% White, 10.36% African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.69% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 12.19% from other races, and 1.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.81% of the population.

Of the city's 1,792 households, 31.0% had children under the age of 18, 48.8% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. Individuals made up 32.8% of all households, and 18.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 20.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,392, and the median income for a family was $39,718. Males had a median income of $28,631 versus $21,023 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,288. About 9.2% of families and 13.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.6% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.

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La Grange students attend school in the La Grange Independent School District.

Students attend Hermes Elementary School, La Grange Intermediate School, La Grange Middle School, and La Grange High School.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ Dalton Garrett, Daphne (January 17, 2008). "Fayette County". Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 2008-07-03.  
  5. ^ El Campo Leader - Hanslik's contribution to the Texas Czech Center announced.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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