|This house reminded me of my upbringing in the 1950s.|
Today we visited Gruene, Texas - a whole town on the national historic register. It started out in the 1840's as a German enclave when Texas was still a separate country. Henry Gruene set up a grist mill on the Guadalupe River. He also purchased a cotton mill to separate the seeds from the cotton. A small company town developed around the mill. The town had a general store - a dance hall - among the other company homes in the community.
After the cotton industry died a terrible death to the boll weevil - the town went ghost. In 1950s - a developer was canoeing down the river - saw the old water tower - and explored the town on the bluff. The buildings were in relatively good shape. the guy bought the town - and restore the buildings. He worked to get the town on the national historic register. Today it is a tourist mecca.
The town can be found halfway between San Antonio and Austin - just off I-35. The old wooden dance hall still hosts top music attractions. Today the place was pretty quiet - but by th time we left town - the parking lot was filling.
Lulu loved the shops - I like the architecture. The Germans erected plain - functional - but durable buildings.
|This bed an breakfast had 31 rooms - right next to the dance hall.|
|Buildings on historic register|
|The wooden dance hall looks like a fire trap|
|Lots of two stepping goes on here|
|The bar in the dance hall|
|The wooden dance hall|
|The 80 foot tall water tower|
provides 40 psi water pressure
|Everything is ready for xmas|
|Mill work shops|
|Grist mill restaurant|
|Corrugated buildings - steel coated with zinc|
|Hand dug well about 5 feet wide - 30 feet deep|
|Plain German building|
|Everything for sale|
|Lulu's grandmother's kitchen|
|Henry Gruene's mill office|
|New company store|
|Food and drink|