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The City of Flatonia consistently strives to provide top quality services to our customers, offering cost-effective rates for water, wastewater, electricity, police protection, building inspections, and economic development services. Please call the City offices at 361-865-3548 for more information.

City Hall

125 E. South Main
P.O. Box 329
Flatonia TX 78941
Phone 361-865-3548
Fax 361-865-2817

Police Department

Chief Lee Dick
361-865-3337

Utilities

Herminia Dale
361-865-3548

City of Flatonia Timeline

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History of Flatonia

Flatonia was established in 1873 on the Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio Railway and was named for the pioneer merchant F. W. Flato. The City became the meeting place of the two main railway lines in Texas in 1887, when the San Antonio and Arkansas Pass Railway was built south from Waco. With the new railway came new settlements and new businesses, including the Swift Meat Packing Company, cotton and agricultural companies. In 1910 a new electric light plant, ice plant, water works, and cold storage warehouses were established, earmarking Flatonia for future growth.

Tourism began growing with the completion of I-10 in the 1970’s and is a big contributor to Flatonia’s current economy. Flatonia is a well-known and scenic spot for train watchers, boasting one of Texas’ longest standing, manually operated railroad switching towers with North-South, East-West cross rails. A true piece of Americana, the tower now resides on South Main and can be toured by appointment through the Chamber of Commerce.

1873

The Galveston, Harrisburg, & San Antonio Railway (GH&SA) began running through Flatonia

1874

Flatonia was established

1875

Flatonia was incorporated, named after pioneer merchant F.W. Flato

1875

The first election was held

1878

Population of 800 depended on cattle and cotton

1888

The San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway (SA&AP) came through Flatonia

1902

Tower three was established at the crossing of the SA&AP and the GH&SA

1906

Swift Meat Packing Company moved into Flatonia

1907

Flatonia Lumber Company was organized by a group of citizens

1910

A new electric light plant, ice plant, water works, cold storage, creamery, and sauerkraut packing plant located in Flatonia

1912

First fair at the Fair Grounds

1912

Official opening of the Flatonia Public School was on September 2nd

1941

Highway was paved

1950

Flatonia reach forty businesses and a population of 1,024

1970

The completion of I-10 during brought tourist-oriented businesses to Flatonia

1973

Flatonia celebrated its Centennial with a festival called Czhilispiel

2001

The City of Flatonia adopts a set of ordinances that establishes zoning districts and regulations for city business

2003

The City of Flatonia markets itself with a brochure and Web site to expand local businesses and attract new targeted industries

2017

The City of Flatonia's 36-acre downtown business and commercial area was recognized on the National Register of Historic Places

Contact Information

Address
125 E. South Main
Flatonia, Texas 78941
Phone
361-865-3548
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