Manheim, Texas (pronouced "Mon-heim") was founded by Adolf Waschmann who named the community after the location of his parent's home in Germany. Adolf established a Post Office in 1900 and served as the only Postmaster. He also ran the town's general store, cotton gin, real estate office and saloon.
Wachsmann Grocery, closed in 2009.
For a period of 50 years, this was Manheim's only business. Legend has it that this was once home to one of the greatest collection of vintage beer signs in Central Texas.
I took these picture 10 years after the store closed so I'll never know just how great that vintage beer sign collection was.
Taking a closer look, this building has to be close to 100 years old and the awning out front seems to be close to giving out. Chances are that the elements will continue to attack this structure and it will be lost forever. Preservation doesn't seem to be a high priority.
This looks like it's the building next door but it's actually the same building.
From the street, the overgrowth makes it look like this is a separate building. From above, using satellite view, you can see that the Grocery Store goes back and connects to a structure that runs the distance between this entrance and the other entrance from the previous pictures.
Such an interesting design must have been necessary when the town's post office, general store, cotton gin, real estate office and saloon are all in the same building.
What's that old saying about the jack of all trades?
Wachsmann Feed Store
Just to the left of the Grocery Store, next door, are the remains of the Wachsmann Feed Store.
Consumer preferences have definitely changed over the past century, dirt floors wouldn't cut it today.
A church, a community center and some scattered houses are all that remains of Manheim, Texas today. You won't see any signs telling you to slow down but if you do, stop to take some pictures and please be mindful that people live right behind these old buildings that still represent Adolf Waschmann's American Dream.
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