You aren't truly a Texan if you haven't been to Gruene, Texas. Pronounced 'green', Gruene was began as a settlement to early German pioneers who settled near the Guadalupe River. Over time, the area evolved into a small town with a general mercantile, a cotton gin, and a saloon in the 1870's. For several decades, it degenerated nearly to ghost town status. Today, the mercantile is known as Gruene General Store and the cotton gin is a very popular restaurant known as Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar. Perhaps the most well known feature of Gruene is that local saloon. Gruene Hall is now recognized as the oldest dancehall in Texas.
Gruene is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Texas travel industry recognizes this mainstay of Texas culture as a premiere attraction for visitors.