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The Engel Store, Bergheim

Marker #5329 - 1983. A native of Austria, Andreas Engel (b. 1864) migrated to Texas in 1885. In 1900, he purchased land here and built a cotton gin, around which an agricultural community developed. When the area post office was moved here in 1901 and Engel became postmaster, he named the town Bergheim, which is German for "home in the hills". He and his wife Eva opened a store at this site in 1903. Their son Alfred added services including a cedar yard, to meet community needs and aid local development. A symbol of Bergheim`s pioneers, the store remained in the Engel family until 2020.

Photo Credit: Ted and Janis Maxymof



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