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German immigrant Friedrich Ernst settled here in 1831 and became known as the "Father of German Immigration" to Texas. The town gained its name from Ernst's industriousness. The Texas Legislature has designated Industry as the "Oldest German Town in Texas."
Ernst Memorial Park features the restored Republic of Texas post office building and town store, at Bermuda Drive and Ernst Parkway. Other historical sites include the Welcome Hall at 9021 F.M. 109 and the Old Methodist Church at 1914 Main St. and Pilgrim's Rest Lane. For tour and historical information, contact Industry Historical Society, P.O. Box 218, Industry 78944. 979/357-2772.