Texas Hill Country: Gruene & Blanco

For another change of pace we continued through New Braunfels to neighboring Gruene (locals call it “Green”), a delightfully dilapidated 1870s German farming community that once boasted the area’s largest cotton gin. Today the town is a National Historic District. Situated on the banks of the Guadalupe River, the Gruene cotton gin processed crops raised by […]

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Junction: Texas Hill Country Hospitality Starts Here

Watch some birds, take a leisurely stroll, tube down the river, enjoy a sunset—and relax. Junction boasts first-class outdoor recreation, a big-rig friendly RV park with true Texas hospitality, and all the mouth-watering Texas BBQ you can eat. I expected the fresh air and open sky. After all, Junction is located on the western edge […]

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Hopewell Furnace: Early American Iron Plantation


In the woods of southeastern Pennsylvania, a community of men, women, and children worked to supply iron for the growing nation during the 18th and 19th centuries. They created a village called Hopewell that was built around an iron-making furnace. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is the best preserved iron plantation in North America. Hopewell […]

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