Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Asian Eyes' USA, Texas Fredericksburg

Texas, USA
           Oct/6/2012: It was a weekend and I had planned to visit a German immigrant town, Fredericksburg in the heart of Texas Cowboy land for Octoberfest. Fredericksburg is the seat of Gillespie County, Texas with a population of over 10,000. It was founded in 1846 and named after Prince Frederick of Prussia. Old-time German residents often referred to Fredericksburg as Fritztown, a nickname that is still used in some businesses. The town is also notable as the home of Texas German, a dialect spoken by the first generations of German settlers who initially refused to learn English. Fredericksburg shares many cultural characteristics with New Braunfels, which had been established by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels the previous year. Fredericksburg is the birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz. It is the sister city of Montabaur, Germany. On October 14, 1970, the Fredericksburg Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in Texas.          
          After my side trip to Lyndon B Johnson National Historical Park as described in my earlier blog, I continued driving towards Fredericksburg town. Fredericksburg is also known as the Peach Capital of Texas, so it is common to find stops along the road selling peach, stone fruits and grapes. It was a weekend and the traffic jam was like 2 miles long. After a couple of turnings looking for parking bay, I finally parked my car quite a distance from the city centre on smaller road near some housing area to tour the city by foot. First stop was the National Museum of the Pacific War which is dedicated exclusively to the Pacific Theatre battles of World War II. After 2 hours touring the museum I ventured to the Market Square for Octoberfest. Everyone seem to converge at Fredericksburg's Market Square at the city centre to saviour Octoberfest. A busy intersection was cordoned off to let merry makers had their fills of beer and had fanfare during to celebrate Octoberfest. It was quite chilly and luckily I had my jacket on. The main street of Fredericksburg was one busy tourist street, full with visitors coming from near and far. There was a $6 entrance fee to the Octoberfest where inside were merry makers, beers flowed (not free) and German props and anything resembled Germany origin were on display.
            It was my first time celebrating Octoberfest and an eye opening one. Here are the photographs I took while in Fredericksburg: 
Location: Fredericksburg, Texas
Coordinates: 30°16′27″N 98°52′19″W

At National Museum of the Pacific War where one can hear the siren sound of the attack on Pearl Harbor during WW2.
General Who? On display in the museum but I never heard of him before this.

All wars memorabilia at the museum gift shop
Frederickburg is a tourist city with a German flavor, selling many things German from beer, to food and to clothes
Fredericksburg, founded by German immigrant is sister city with Montabaur, Germany. Sign just outside Tourist Info Center.
Octoberfest merrymakers coming out onto the street with beers in hand
Market Place in Fredericksburg where the the Octoberfest was held
Entrance ticket to get into the Octoberfest site was $6 per person, but no free flow of beer.
All things German in display at the Octoberfest.
Policemen on bicycle patrol proved more effective to monitor  traffic against drunkards and hooligans during Octoberfest

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