This Historical Marker is located in the town of Gruene, which is a district within the city limits of New Braunfels, Texas. If you have not visited Gruene you are really missing out. There is so much history in this town (Gruene Texas) .
I had the opportunity to have lunch at the Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar which was originally the Gruene Cotton Gin and I must say, I was not disappointed.
There are many shops with very unique items to purchase and lets not forget Gruene Dance Hall which is the oldest dance hall in Texas. I even stopped by the Grapevine for some wine tasting.
I noticed a plaque on a building that was dedicated to a Frank Schlather. He was considered the unofficial “Mayor” of Gruene. He was so well know in this town. If you have the opportunity to visit Gruene, June 23 is a great day to do it. There is an annual celebration of Frank Schlather Day, in honor of Gruene’s unofficial mayor.
Historical Marker Reads:
German Immigrant farmers were the first settlers of this area, which was originally called Goodwin. Henry D. Gruene established a large cotton farming operation here in the 1870s. He built a mercantile, cotton gin, and dance hall, and conveyed land for a school. The town became know as Gruene in 1903. A boll weevil infestation destroyed the cotton crop in 1925 and signaled the decline of the town. Restoration efforts begun in the 1970s revitalized the area. The town was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.