In the extreme western Austin County lies a town called New Ulm. It was first known as Duff’s Settlement, in honor of James C. Duff who purchased the land. German settlers came after 1845 which spurred the growth of the area. The town’s name was then changed to New Ulm in commemoration of the German city of Ulm in 1852. The town shipped cotton, poultry, eggs, and butter to markets in surrounding counties. New Ulm has an active Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club. The population in 2000 is the same as in 1990 which is estimated at 650 people.
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