Painted Churches McKinney Falls State Park, Lockhart, Luling, Flatonia, Praha, and Schulenburg

Schulenburg, Texas

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A favorite with those looking for a quick getaway from the city, McKinney Falls State Park includes plenty of chances to view the area’s wildlife, including white-tailed deer, raccoons, squirrels, and armadillos. Lockhart is a conglomeration of the stuff of Texas legends: Indian battles, cattle drives, cotton, and oil. Lockhart is also well known as the home of Mebane cotton. Developed by A. D. Mebane, this strain is resistant to the boll weevil, an insect that can demolish not only whole fields but entire economies as well. Luling is best known as an oil town. Oil was discovered here in 1922, and fields pumping this “black gold” can still be seen throughout the Luling area. Even before that time the town had a reputation as “the toughest town in Texas,” frequented by gunfighters like John Wesley Hardin and Ben Thompson. Luling was also a cattle center and the end of a railroad line to Chihuahua, Mexico. When oil was discovered, the economy of the town shifted to this profitable industry. Today 184 wells pump within the city limits. As part of a beautification effort, the Chamber of Commerce commissioned an artist to transform several of the pumpjacks into moving sculptures in the shapes of cartoon characters. There’s even a Santa Claus and a butterfly to brighten up the streets. Like its European counterpart, Praha holds a predominantly Czech population, descendants of immigrants who came here in 1855.

Painted Churches: McKinney Falls State Park, Lockhart, Luling, Flatonia, Praha, and Schulenburg Professional Review and Guide

"A favorite with those looking for a quick getaway from the city, McKinney Falls State Park includes plenty of chances to view the area’s wildlife, including white-tailed deer, raccoons, squirrels, and armadillos. Lockhart is a conglomeration of the stuff of Texas legends: Indian battles, cattle drives, cotton, and oil. Lockhart is also well known as the home of Mebane cotton. Developed by A. D. Mebane, this strain is resistant to the boll weevil, an insect that can demolish not only whole fields but entire economies as well. Luling is best known as an oil town. Oil was discovered here in 1922, and fields pumping this “black gold” can still be seen throughout the Luling area. Even before that time the town had a reputation as “the toughest town in Texas,” frequented by gunfighters like John Wesley Hardin and Ben Thompson. Luling was also a cattle center and the end of a railroad line to Chihuahua, Mexico. When oil was discovered, the economy of the town shifted to this profitable industry.

Today 184 wells pump within the city limits. As part of a beautification effort, the Chamber of Commerce commissioned an artist to transform several of the pumpjacks into moving sculptures in the shapes of cartoon characters. There’s even a Santa Claus and a butterfly to brighten up the streets. Like its European counterpart, Praha holds a predominantly Czech population, descendants of immigrants who came here in 1855."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Schulenburg
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Painted Churches: McKinney Falls State Park, Lockhart, Luling, Flatonia, Praha, and Schulenburg

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May 2018