Gruene was a successful cotton town along the Guadelupe River until a boll weevil infestation and the Great Depression essentially killed it off by the early 1930s. There it sat until the 1970s when someone bought and restored historic Gruene Hall and then started buying and restoring many other buildings in town. Today Gruene is a tourist town but without a lot of the tackiness that implies. I spent a very enjoyable evening walking around town, listening to the western swing coming out of Gruene Hall, buying delicious pecans to bring back to the office, and eating fish tacos and drinking a St. Arnold Fancy Lawnmower beer at Mozie's.
Then it was back to San Antonio and an early morning flight to New York.