Panna Maria

On a trip to South Padre Island, Texas, we stopped a the oldest Polish settlement in the United States! ( It claims distinction as the oldest permanent Polish settlement in America and as the home of the nation's oldest Polish church and school.).  We found many polish texans who could speak to our polish nanny Monica. 

Monica by the historic sign for Panna Maria, Texas.  Panna Maria is the oldest Polish Settlement in Texas. Some history of the church in Czestochowa- Texas

Here is a description of the founding of Pana Maria, although I have to take issue with the title of Polish Ghost Town.  On a Saturday morning, we were able to find a full church and many friendly folks willing to try out there Polish with Monica.  Poor Monica had a bit of a hard time understanding the South Texas Polish accent.   But everyone was very friendly and happy to see the crazy spring breakers (mind you it was my wife and I with our 3 children (all under 3) and our nanny, not the usual spring break crowd. 

Panna Maria now has it's own website!

Panna Maria Texas - Google News
Dance hall days: Texas preserves a treasured tradition - USA TODAY

USA TODAY

Dance hall days: Texas preserves a treasured tradition
USA TODAY
Fleming became especially interested in dance halls after a road trip south to Panna Maria, where she discovered a personal connection: Her great-great-grandparents were among the town's original settlers in the mid-1800s, and the hall they frequented ...

St. Stanislaus welcomes Polish priest - The Bandera Bulletin

St. Stanislaus welcomes Polish priest
The Bandera Bulletin
Over the years, he served in Castroville, Panna Maria, Helena, Falls City, Runge, Kenedy, Floresville and a number of San Antonio parishes. Annually, the father takes people from Texas to Silesia, Poland. And he also welcomes Polish visitors to Bandera ...

Encana named in California climate-related lawsuit - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Encana named in California climate-related lawsuit
The Globe and Mail
Encana Corp. is named in three large lawsuits that attempt to link damages from climate change to industry's alleged attempts to hinder action to address it. In the latest of a growing number of such lawsuits around the world, the Calgary-based company ...

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Historic Fayette County Dance Hall for Sale - Austin Chronicle

Austin Chronicle

Historic Fayette County Dance Hall for Sale
Austin Chronicle
Located an hour and a half southeast of Austin, the 7,000 square foot hall was put up for bidding in June and included the on-site café, two acres of property, and a community steeped in Texas history. The listing also included an important note from ...

Tidal Petroleum makes first Austin Chalk play with Kotara lease - San Antonio Business Journal

San Antonio Business Journal

Tidal Petroleum makes first Austin Chalk play with Kotara lease
San Antonio Business Journal
Permit filings show that Tidal plans to drill a horizontal well down to a depth of 10,400 feet targeting the Austin Chalk geological layer on its Kotara lease just north of Panna Maria. Tidal Petroleum President Lee Novikoff confirmed that it is the ...

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