Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill State Historic Site, La Grange

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Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites is a historic state park located at 29.888° -96.876°, just off U.S. Route 77, south of La Grange, Texas. The park sits on a sandstone bluff above the Colorado River. Monument Hill is a crypt and memorial to the men who died in the Dawson Massacre and in the Black Bean Episode of the ill-fated Mier Expedition.
The Kreische Brewery site commemorates the contribution European immigrants made in Texas, specifically German immigrant, stonemason and brewer Heinrich Kreische, whose house and brewery ruins are in the park. The Kreische Brewery and house were listed in the National Register of Historic Places on April 16, 1975.
On September 18, 1848, the remains of Texans killed in the Dawson Massacre and the Black Bean Episode (death lottery), which had been retrieved from their original burial sites, were reinterred in a common tomb with a sandstone vault at the location now known as Monument Hill. Over 1,000 people came for the ceremony including U.S. Senator Sam Houston.
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  • This little historic site, I think it's only 40 acres, is well worth a visit. There are the ruins of the brewery that closed in 1882 and a memorial where the bodies from the black bean massacre are.....  more »
  • I took about an hour hike at this site in the sweltering heat of July and can't wait to go back when it's cooler and explore more of the trails. The stone aqueducts are amazing. The nature trail.....  more »

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