Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites

Saturday, March 6, 2004

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Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites are located near La Grange , Texas.  La Grange is in the Prairies and Lakes region of Texas.   The Texas State Parks web site has web pages for Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites, for just Monument Hill, the Kreische House, and the Kreische Brewery.   While in the La Grange area, we stayed at the Colorado Landing RV Park.

The ranger at the Visitor's Center was very nice and helpful.  The ranger station is below on the right.  She offered tours but we didn't feel like waiting for hours for the next tour to start.  We did pass a tour in session.  The ranger leading the tour sounded knowledgeable and authoritative.  The ranger station also includes a mini-museum.  There are some good displays on making beer.  A model shows how the old brewery might have been constructed.  (Only ruins are left from the old brewery.)

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Left, a ranger is talking to a tour group.

Below left, there is a stone building that houses a visitor book.  It is adjacent to the monument/tomb.  Folks had filled in their name and home town.   This is similar to the visitor book in the Alamo in San Antonio.

The pictures below show Monument Hill.

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Spring is here.  To the right,, a Mountain Laurel is blooming.  The Hackberry trees are leafing out this week.  The Red Buds are blooming.

The pictures below show The Kreische House.   If you take the tour, you get to see the inside of the house.

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One of the many vantage points along the path in front of the Kreische House has this telescope.

Below is the ruins of the Kreische Brewery as seen from the brewery overlook.  A row down on the left is the model of the brewery that is on display in the ranger station.  The model shows how the brewery might have looked when it was an active brewery.

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Right, the ranger giving the tours is making his rounds.

The pictures below are of two outbuildings on the backside of the Kreische House.  The first one looks to be some sort of food storage thing.   The other one looks like a stable.

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