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Luling: Sixty-One Years of Thumpin’

Watermelons have been associated with  Luling since the 1950s, when truck farming began to take off in the area. In 1953, Luling residents held the first Watermelon Thump, a festival featuring live music and a seed spitting competition (ready to … Continue reading

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Luling: Texas Black Gold

Barbecue sauce isn’t the only valuable liquid flowing in Luling. The town is dotted with oil pumps that still move the Texas black gold from the ground. Once known as “the toughest town in Texas”, Luling was established in 1874 … Continue reading

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Luling: Barbecue Central

Some people dream of a “land flowing with milk and honey.” But I dream of one that’s rich with Texas barbecue…and watermelons. The good news is that such a magical place exists in the Central Texas town of Luling. And … Continue reading

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La Grange: Fayette County Courthouse & Old County Jail

Anchoring the town square, the restored historic Fayette County courthouse is a must-see for any visitor to La Grange. The historic Oak on the north side of square has been muster point for men in six conflicts. San Antonio architect … Continue reading

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La Petite Gourmet Shoppe: The Best Little Kitchen Shop in Texas

Did you know La Grange has one of the state’s top kitchen stores? Located in an historic building across the street from the Fayette County courthouse, La Petite Gourmet Shoppe is a specialty kitchen shop. Le Petite Gourmet Shoppe features … Continue reading

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La Grange: The Best Little Quilt Museum in Texas

The Chicken Ranch is rarely mentioned nowadays. The establishment that inspired the stage play, movie, and the lyrics of a popular song, “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” is long gone. The brothel officially closed in 1973 after operating for more … Continue reading

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Frisch Auf: Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Site

Beyond its Czech past, La Grange also holds a rich German and Texan history. To explore both, we drove 1 mile south of La Grange to Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Site. From the La Grange town square … Continue reading

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La Grange: We Gotcha Kolache & Texas BBQ

While in La Grange we Czeched out Weikel’s Bakery with roots to 1929 and Prause Meat Market, one of the oldest BBQ joints in Texas. Weikel’s Bakery Next we headed to Weikel’s Bakery with roots to 1929. Today the bakery … Continue reading

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2014 Texas Travel Guide Features Famous Texas Singers

Texas is famous for its country musicians, including Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Tex Ritter. But some of the best known names in every genre of music were either born in Texas or lived there for long periods of time, … Continue reading

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Czeching Out La Grange

We headed to the Central Texas town of La Grande to “Czech” out what might just be the “Best Little Day Trip in Texas.” The events of La Grange’s famous Chicken Ranch inspired the stage play, movie, and the lyrics … Continue reading

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