Outside the downtown area you’ll find the Bugle Boy, an intimate concert hall housed in a World War II Army barracks; the 72-acre Czech Heritage and Cultural Center, which celebrates early Czech settlement of Fayette County with a replica Czech village, a library and a museum. One the other side of town Monument Hill State Historic Site sits on a bluff overlooking the Colorado River and town making it one of the more emotionally riveting places in Texas. In 1848, the remains of men who died defending the Republic of Texas against Mexican incursion were buried here in a sandstone vault -- men killed in the 1842 Dawson Massacre or executed in the 1843 “Black Bean Death Lottery” following the ill-fated Mier Expedition into Mexico. A striking monument erected for the 1936 Texas Centennial marks the grave. Now part of a state park, the grounds also are home to the Kreische Brewery State Historic Site, which includes the ruins of a stone brewery and a home built by German immigrant Heinrich Kreische in the mid-19th Century. It was one of the first commercial breweries in Texas, producing more than 700 barrels in one year.
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