It is easy to understand why German immigrants as Heinrich Kreische chose this area of Texas to live. It is reminiscent of the Rhine River valley, as is the area around Herman, Missouri where other Germans settled. From Monument Hill John and I hiked down a path to an overlook where we were able to view the ruins of the brewery which Kreische built in the mid 1800s. He placed the brewery astride a small stream fed by a spring. He manipulated the natural flow of the spring water through the brewery, letting gravity to do the work of moving the processed liquids from one level to the next.
Unfortunately the house is currently locked up and tours of it are not available.