Latitude / Longitude:
29° 40′ 12″ N, 97° 4′ 1″ W
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Praha is an unincorporated community located in Fayette County, Texas, United States, approximately 53 miles (85 km) southeast of Austin. Sometimes called “Maticka Praha”, which means “Mother Prague”.
It was originally called Mulberry by the first Anglo settlers, James C. Duff, William Criswell and Leroy Criswell. (It was also known as Hottentot, a name which apparently referred to a band of local outlaws.)
During the Second World War Praha had the unfortunate distinction of being the U.S. town with largest ratio of war deaths to residents. The largest number of deaths occurred in 1944, when 9 soldiers from Praha were killed. Three small identical chapels were built in memory of the dead.
However, worshipers from the area continue to attend masses at the parish church, currently the town’s most notable feature. This spectacular Gothic structure was completed in 1892 and is the center of the annual Feast of the Assumption homecoming festival, which has been celebrated in Praha each August 15 since 1855. Locally known as “Praha Picnic”, the celebration draws as many as 5,000 visitors to its traditional Czech polka music and kolaches.