Luling, Flatonia, Praha, and Schulenburg Professional Review and Guide
"Luling is best known as an oil town. Oil was discovered here in 1922, and fields pumping this “black gold” can be seen throughout the Luling area. Even before that time the town had a reputation as “the toughest town in Texas,” frequented by gunfighters like John Wesley Hardin and Ben Thompson. Luling was also a cattle center and the end of a railroad line to Chihuahua, Mexico. When oil was discovered, the economy of the town shifted to this profitable industry. Today 184 wells pump within the city limits.
The main structure in Praha is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, often called St. Mary’s. Built in 1895, it is one of a half dozen painted churches in the area. Although few examples remain today, it was not unusual for nineteenth-century rural churches to boast painted interiors. These beautifully painted buildings are reminders of the area’s rural traditions and ethnic background."