G4. Gristmill Restaurant (1878)

1287 Gruene Road This historic building went up in 1878, in order to save local cotton farmers from the pain-staking task of separating seeds out of their bales. This steampowered technological wonder was kept in motion by water from the Guadalupe River and provided reliable jobs those not already employed in the farm fields. The efficiency of the gin was a boon for the region and was vital to the economic development and prosperity of both the town of Gruene and the tenant farmers. Prosperity reigned until a mysterious fire broke out in the heart of the gin and destroyed everything except the boiler. The fire also destroyed the original Gruene water tower, which had been made of Cypress logs. The property was revitalized in the late 20th century and is now home to the thriving Gristmill restaurant.