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You Can Get There From Here, But...
|GRUENE DANCE HALL: Built in 1878 as a saloon and social hall for cotton farmers, this is
believed to be
one of the oldest dance halls in Texas. Christian Herry (1854-1917) built the hall under the direction of town
developer Henry D. Gruene, for whom many of the farmers worked. The center of the community's social life
for over a century, the large one-story structure features a "false front" entry with asymmetrical window
and door arrangements. --Texas State Historical Marker / Photo: Ira Kennedy
ure, I knew how to get to Gruene (25
years ago) so naturally we got kinda lost. "Buy a map," Ms. Intrepid said. We
were already on the wrong side of Interstate 35 and the Guadalupe River.I knew that much
-- so I stopped for gas (and a map).
ROAD CLOSED: Although this is a very colorful picture it wasn't exactly the "local color" we were seeking. Just across the river and around the bend is Gruene.
The last big rain was a week ago so it must have been a real gully-washer upstream. We stopped for a pictures while a few brave souls with kayaks put in for adventure.
our new "Guadalupe River Map" we worked around the problem discovering
along the way that the map was NOT to scale. However, it served us just fine and we found
Gruene in short order.
Frankly, I remember it being smaller, which could have been the case. In any event the decor was really excellent, starting with the clever up-side-down Christmas tree in the main entrance. The outdoor dining area wraps all around the place which rests on a hillside along the Guadalupe River giving the area a treehouse experience. You can check out their menu here.
At high noon Ms. Intrepid and I headed for the Gruene Hall bar.
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