Indianola 1872( Note: Read more about Indianola in the Handbook of Texas Online http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/II/hvi11.html )Indianola 1872 by Morris88
Indianola, Texas, is a city of several "firsts" and other weird facts. It was once the second-busiest port of Texas - and it no longer exists!
My personal connection to Indianola is that my great-great-great grandparents, Georg and Anna Maria Dierlam came from Germany to Texas in 1848. A large group of Germans had formed a Society, the Adelsverein. Many immigrants came to western Texas under the Adelsverein Society sponsorship.
Four years earlier, in 1844, Prince Karl Solms Braunfels, had chosen Matagorda Bay as the site to land the German immigrants. By 1848, this had become the primary entry port for both European immigrants and Americans, landing here to migrate westward. In 1853, this doomed settlement became Indianola.
Indianola was known as "The Mother of Western Texas," second only to Galveston as a Texas port city. Strangely enough, even though th
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