FLATONIA Population - 1,351 Altitude- 458


Flatonia, is an agricultural village located just off the I-10 half way between Houston and San Antonio, founded by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1873. Contary to popular belief, Flatonia's name does NOT stem from its topography, but rather after a pioneer merchant, F. W. Flato.

Waves of immigrants -- English, German, Bohemian, Czech, and Italian, -- settled in and around Flatonia. Town most prominently celebrates colorful Czech traditions; for example, calling their annual (October) chili festival Czhilispiel. Local sausages and kotaches are popular. The Local Flatonia Argus,is the weekly newspaper. Office is at 214 Penn St., dates from 1875.

Arnim & Lane Mercantile-

A genuine country store dating back from 1886, still operating with fascinating variety of antique and modern merchandise. Choice browsing! Open weekdays 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. corner of East North Main St. and Penn Ave.

E. A. Arnim Archives and Museum-

An abundant wealth of historical miscellanea from the town and also from Fayette County in former bank building, includes antique furniture and household items, clothing, china and glassware, and historical documents. Also livery stable with wagons, buggies, vintage tack, and farm imptements. Open Sunday 1 - 4 p.m., also first and third Friday of each month (walkin days) 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., 119 East North Main St,



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