Using Propane Wisely In The Texas Hill Country

If you’re heading out for a camping trip in the Texas Hill Country, and you’re using propane along the way, it’s important to know where your propane levels are. Some RV and camper units come equipped with an exterior propane level gauge that simplifies this process, but most do not. Unless you’re one of the lucky ones, you have to remove the tank and weigh it to check how much propane you have left.

Thanks to the Truma Company, camping in the Texas HIll Country (or anywhere else) has become less of a hassle. This handy little pocket device is an intuitive ultrasound product that allows you to easily and accurately perform a propane level gauge before taking off in your RV. The Truma Level Check makes the process a breeze. Just hold it up to your tank(s) and you’ll get an exact  level reading of the amount of LP you have left. In this video, RV expert Dave Solberg walks you through a little demonstration of using the Level Check to measure the level on his propane tank. Just push the button, and you know how much you have left!


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Chip and Joanna Gaines- On a mission to preserve famous Waco landmarks?

For those of you who’ve even casually watched an episode of “Fixer Upper” on HGTV you know that Chip and Joanna Gains are the hottest thing in Waco Texas now. They’ve become famous during the last couple of years by starring on the show that documents how they fix up old houses in the Waco area. They took their personal ventures mainstream last year with the renovation of the famous silos in Waco and turning them into the new location of their home decor store and a new bakery. At the same time, they raised the location’s status to a major tourist attraction in Waco.

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Chip and Joanna’s latest project involves revitalizing the now-closed Elite Cafe on Waco’s famous “Circle”. For almost 100 years the Elite Cafe was THE place to stop for dining when traveling between Austin and Dallas. Its heyday of popularity was back in the 60’s and 70’s when I had the opportunity to visit it on several occasions. One of it’s most notable mentions is that when it moved to its current location in 1941 it was the very first restaurant in Waco to have air conditioning. It was purchased in 1986 by the late restaurateur, David Tinsley of Huntsville.

David Tinsley AKA "Boss Bird", former owner of The Elite Cafe in Waco.

David Tinsley AKA “Boss Bird”, former owner of The Elite Cafe in Waco.

I was fortunate enough to have been a customer of Mr. Tinsley’s very first restaurant on I45 in Huntsville back in the 60’s. While attending Sam Houston State my friends and I used to go there a lot and got to know him and his mother on a personal level. He became quite wealthy in the fried chicken business with 45 restaurants scattered across Texas and was well-known for his completely restored DC-3 often visible in the skies around Huntsville. When David purchased the Elite Cafe he immediately set out to return it to its original splendor by investing 1.5 million in its restoration. When David died suddenly in a car wreck in 2014 the restaurant was taken over by Creed Ford III, an Austin based restaurateur who never quite brought the cafe back to its original popularity and closed the doors last February citing declining customers. I’m extremely happy that a high-profile couple like Chip and Johanna are jumping in to use their creativity and resources to help keep a part of David Tinsley’s dream alive.


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The Most Famous House In Round Rock Is For Sale

This piece of Round Rock history is for sale for anyone laying 2.5 million on the table. Built by the Nelson family, wealthy Swedish immigrants, the construction started in 1895 and took 5 years to complete.  Known locally as the A.J. Nelson-Crier House, Goodrich Mansion, Woodbine, or simply “The Mansion Downtown” it was officially recognized as historic Texas landmark in 1973.

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Estate Home for Sale – listing information Kuper Sotheby’s International 512.327.4800


A complete history of this famous mansion is outlined by this page from the Williamson County
Historical Commission website. Click on the image below to view the entire article.

A.J. Nelson-Crier House history and Historical Marker Round Rock Texas Williamson County

Historical Narrative The most dominant element on the skyline of the small central Texas town of Round Rock is Woodbine mansion. Located a few blocks east of the main business district, the three story structure was completed in 1900 after approximately five years of construction.


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Gone But Not Forgotten

It don’t look like much now but for decades the object below was part of a towering icon that could be seen for miles in any direction from San Marcos. It was an open air rotating elevator that took you to the top of the observation tower at Aquarena Springs. on a clear day you could see the skylines of both Austin and San Antonio and you got a view of both while the the gondola rotated 360 degrees.

The tower and gondola have now been dismantled and the for the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment. The glass bottom boats that first started taking tourists on cruises around the river in the early 40s have been restored and once again giving visitors a view of the hoards of fish that thrive in the crystal clear waters of the San Marcos River.

San Marcos, Texas photographer shares ‘haunting’ photos of abandoned Aquarena Springs theme park

A San Marcos amusement park that was once “full of life” for photographer Andy Heatwole later became a “haunting” place of serenity. The now-long-gone Aquarena Springs acted as Heatwole’s eerie backdrop when he photographed the abandoned resort and park between 2005 and 2012 for his gallery, ” The Ruins of Aquarena.”

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

This video beautifully captures the story behind how The Meadows Center came to be. The Studio team of Weber Shandwick Southwest even captured some frisky turtles swimming in the clear water of Spring Lake at Texas State University! Recipient of a 2014 Videographer Award of Distinction.


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E-commerce giant to hire 1,000 in new San Marcos facility

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Amazon.com will open a fulfillment center in San Marcos similar to this one in Fernley, Nevada. San Marcos approved an incentives package in July to attract the retail giant. Enlarge Ken James / Bloomberg News
Amazon.com will open a fulfillment center in San Marcos similar to this one in Fernley,… more

Amazon.com Inc. — the largest retailer in the world — has agreed to open a fulfillment center in San Marcos, Texas, with plans to hire up to 1,000 people when it reaches full capacity.

The 855,000-square-foot facility, which will be the online retail giant’s fifth in Texas and about as big as a mall, will begin construction at the end of 2015 and is expected to open in 2017. It will hire 350 people upon opening.

“We have found a dedicated and enthusiastic workforce in Texas that has supported our growth throughout the state,” Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations, said in a statement. “Additionally, over 350 Amazon associates, managers and support staff in Texas come from military backgrounds. These individuals bring valuable leadership skills, experiences and problem-solving abilities to our fulfillment center — it’s a great match on both sides.”

In July the San Marcos City Council approved an incentives package that featured a 40 percent reduction in city property taxes for 10 years.

The facility will be on McCarty Lane and will be the location where employees pick, pack and ship small items such as books, electronics and toys. It won’t be far from a similar facility operated by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which was recently topped by Amazon as the largest retailer.

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