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Historic Gruene, Texas

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
Gruene Hall

Gruene Hall

While on the trip to San Antonio last August, my then roommate decided to stop in New Braunfels to visit the historic downtown district of Gruene.  When I decided to limit my blog to two posts per month, I reserved this part of the trip for later.  Later came and my cell phone service became suspended due to financial issues.  Since it doesn’t look like I will have service restored anytime soon, I started uploading my photos directly to my computer.  I had to figure out what device settings needed changing to allow this instead of automatically charging mode.  Now all my photos are easily accessible for uploading at any time and I can catch up on my past travels.

Flag on HD Gruene Mercantile

Flag on HD Gruene Mercantile

 

Gruene, pronouced like the color green, is named for its founder Heinrich D Gruene who purchased land in 1872, along with his brothers when they immigrated from Germany.  The Antique store bearing his name is the where his mercantile coop relocated from its original location in the General Store across the street.

 

Traffic in this little historic town that day was filled with tourists on foot and in cars. Parking in the area is limited so people were packing the lots for nearby businesses and walking everywhere.  Traffic cops took shifts directing traffic at the main intersection in front of Gruene Hall using whistle and hand signals.  Many of the historic buildings have tourist items or antiques filling every inch of space possible on available fixtures.  Creaking wooden floors moan every time a shopper walks past the merchandise.

 

H. D. Gruene Mercantile

H. D. Gruene Mercantile

 

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975, Gruene has activities year round and makes for a quick getaway spot for Austinites and San Antionians, as well as passing toursits.  New Braunfels offers many other tourist activities including a water park, tubing, and wake boarding during the summer.  The world’s shortest river, Comal River, provides recreational activities in and near Landa Park.   Wurstfest in November celebrates the town’s German heritage.  Nearby Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch provides area visitors with opportunities to see exotic wild animals.

 

 

Gruene River Antiques

Gruene River Antiques

This is one area I would rather spend a whole day of discovery in, along with some spending money.  A few hours could never do it justice.  I’m certain there are many more things to see and participate in that are not water related.  My former roommate was entirely too interested in the local water park for my tastes.

Related Links:

The Gristmill Restaurant

The Gruene Mansion Inn

Texas Guide Outside