Fredricksburg, TX

After we said good-bye to my aunt and cousin in San Antonio we headed to Fredricksburg.

This is what Wikipedia has to say about Fredricksburg.

Fredericksburg was founded in 1846 and named after Prince Frederick of Prussia. Old-time German residents often referred to Fredericksburg as Fritztown, a nickname that is still used in some businesses.[5] The town is also notable as the home of Texas German, a dialect spoken by the first generations of German settlers who initially refused to learn English. Fredericksburg shares many cultural characteristics with New Braunfels, which had been established by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels the previous year. Fredericksburg is the birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz. It is the sister city of Montabaur, Germany.[6] On October 14, 1970, the Fredericksburg Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in Texas.[7]

We checked into our hotel and decided it was time for a beer. We headed into downtown which is the old part of town. We got out of the car and heard some music coming from across the street. We decided to have a beer first, then see if the music was still happening.

There was this band playing blues music. We decided to stop for a beer and some German sausages. We ended staying until they finished playing. David talked to the band and found out that they really only play this gig for fun. They all play with other bands.

One the members had a son that sat in on the drums. He was great.

We stayed for the last song. Visited with the band and headed back to our hotel for the night.

The next morning we got up and packed the car up once again to hit the road. We couldn’t leave though without German pancakes and a walk down main street.

If you are ever in the area you need to check out Fredricksburg. It is well worth the visit. Here are some places I wanted to take David but didn’t have time. Hopefully, we will get to visit again and spend more time.

Taken from Wikipedia:

Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock is a geographical landmark 17 mi (27 km) north of Fredericksburg in Llano County. The rock is a huge, pink granite exfoliation dome that rises 425 ft (130 m) above the surrounding land, has a summit elevation of 1,825 ft (556 m) above sea level, and covers 640 acres (260 ha). It is one of the largest batholiths (underground rock formation uncovered by erosion) in the United States, and was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1970. In 1994, the State of Texas opened it as Enchanted Rock State Natural Area after adding facilities. The same year, Enchanted Rock was added to the National Register of Historic Places.[10][11]

Balanced Rock[edit]

Balanced Rock was a famous local landmark that perched atop Bear Mountain 10 mi (16 km) north of Fredericksburg.[12] The natural wonder stone pillar, about the size of a small elephant, precariously balanced on its small tip.[13] It fell prey to vandals, who dynamited it off its base in April 1986.[14][15]

Cross Mountain[edit]

The first known record of Cross Mountain (elevation 1,915 ft (584 m)) was in 1847 by Dr. Ferdinand von Roemer. Native Americans used the location to signal each other about intrusions into their territory. The area was part of settler Dr. John Christian Durst’s 10-acre (4.0 ha) allotment. Durst found a timber cross on the mountain, indicating that Spanish missionaries had once used the site. Durst named the place “Kreuzberg” or Cross Mountain. In 1849, Father George Menzel erected a new cross. In 1946, St. Mary’s Catholic Church erected a metal and concrete cross. The mountain has been used both for the Easter Fires pageant and for Easter sunrise services. It was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark 1976.[16]

The National Museum of the Pacific War is located in Fredericksburg, Texas, the boyhood home of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Nimitz served as CinCPAC, Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet and was soon afterward named Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas during World War II.[1] The six acre site includes the Admiral Nimitz Museum which is housed in the old Nimitz Hotel and tells the story of Nimitz beginning with his life as a young boy through his naval career as well as the evolution of the old hotel.

I hope you enjoyed your visit to Fredricksburg, Texas. I know we did.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Author: olehippies

I am a freelance travel writer and photographer. I love to travel with my loving husband. I like to see how the locals live better than going on tours. I love reading and will be reviewing books for everyone.

2 thoughts on “Fredricksburg, TX”

  1. So glad you got to visit there. We did too once when my son was in rehab and I will never forget the trip, I was in love almost instantly! Unfornunately, my friend from school took her own life on Enchanted Rock and although I’ve never been there, not sure I want to go there now. Maybe I should, maybe it would provide some closure. Anyway, Yall be safe going back home, sorry we didnt get a chance to meet this trip, maybe next time you come to Texas, you can stop in Ft Worth!

    1. Sorry to hear about your friend. I can understand why you don’t want to go. Next trip to TX I will make sure we get together.

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