My family and I, along with some guests from Japan, recently visited Fredericksburg, a small tourist city with a German heritage. It’s about an hour and a half west of Austin. Along the way, off highway 290, we stopped a tiny unincorporated community called Hye. According to the internet, the population of Hye never exceeded 200 and is currently listed at 16.
After starting in 1872, the place grew to a handful of buildings, including a grist mill, cotton gin and a gas station. The most famous building is the Market and Post Office. What was once a general store has evolved into a tourist market and small restaurant with a still working Post Office. Back in 1965, President Johnson swore in the Postmaster General on the porch.
We stopped had drinks and pie. Our guests enjoyed the old Texas relic which has a simplicity and charm long gone in the big city of Austin. The “country road”, highway 290, you see on the right was actually rather busy. Enough so that we used the car to get to the other side to capture the photo at the top. The speeding cars were too intimidating for a crossing on foot.
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