This community was founded in 1889 by Emil and Carl Flusche on the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad. The German brothers wanted to call their settlement Westphalia, but after discovering a town of that name had already been established, they called their colony Muenster, for the capital of their native Westphalia, Germany. Oil was discovered in the 1930s, and pump jacks soon dotted pastures and fields in every direction.

Muenster's German customs and Texas hospitality blend well, and visitors are always willkommen. Be sure to visit the glockenspiel, the German-style clock tower with music and carved wooden dancing figures that appear at the top of each hour (during business hours), at Main and Second streets. It's one of just a few glockenspiels in the country.


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