February, 2012. Bulverde, Texas. Home on the Range.

Posted on February 5, 2012

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Texas 281 RV Park.  Our new home on the range.

Located just a few miles north of San Antonio, this park is pretty much like the average – a few short-timers, many workers, and lots of retirees in park models, mobile homes or stationery recreational vehicles.  It’s an older park, with small sites, well-worn asphalt drives and sites that range from level to not-so-level.

But the people are friendly, full of Southern hospitality, and the clubhouse is a very unique, very beautiful little piece of Texas history.

The Texas Hill Country was a large ranching area as late as the 1970’s.  That’s when the population shift to the American Southwest began, and that’s when the greater San Antonio area started to explode and ranches began to be cut up for housing and commercial development.

The area this campground is on was once a cattle ranch, and the clubhouse is a 1940’s era ranch house. The park is still owned by descendents of the original family – or at least the family who owned it when the house was built.

The inside has been pretty well preserved, though the kitchen was updated somewhere along the line.

It retains its original tile roof and fireplaces. There’s a set of probably one-of-a-kind pictorial glazed tiles around one fireplace, also used as trim on the outdoor barbeque. It still has quite a bit of original decorative ironwork on the exterior, some of it incorporating what looks to me like a cattle brand.

I’ll have to see what else I can find out about this interesting place. Is that a brand? Who made the tiles?

Built of stone – there’s plenty of stone around here – it is a pretty building, and gives you a little peek into the past.

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