Gruene, back to the past
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March 20th, 2005 – by: lorenzmartins
Natural Bridge Cave. I'de never been in a cave before this time and so i was very curious and excitated. The entry is a little steep and slippery, but it's not bad.Going down the air become hotter and so humid that for the first minutes it's a bit hard breathing but than you get used to. The tour is about 4 miles long and for about one and a half hour. This cave was discovered in 1960, and is the largest commercial cave in Texas. The Cave is located North of San Antonio and is well worth a visit.
Gruene. Gruene has been designated a Historic Town by the State of Texas. The name of the town is pronounced like the color "Green".Henry D. Gruene, the town's founder, originally bought land for a cotton farm in 1872 with his father and brothers. He built his first home in 1872 and modified it over the years. It still stands proudly with its Victoria galleries today as the Gruene Mansion Inn. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated Texas Historic Landmark. Behind the arch, there are numerous outbuildings that were part of the Gruene Mansion.
Gruene Hall, bar and dance hall, was built in the 1880’s and soon became the social center for the community. It is oldest dance hall in Texas and many country-singing stars and legends have performed there over the years. Willie Nelson, George Strait, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lyle Lovett are some of the well-known singers. Going to Gruene, you go back to the Far West and everything is so special. Interesting is the mercantile store that was built to serve the local cotton farmers and travelers who passed through the area.
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