Thursday, September 1, 2011

Our Visit to Landa Park

About two weeks ago, my Mom and I visited Landa Park in New Braunfels, Texas. I always thought the history of the park was interesting.

The park was originally owned by William Merriwether in 1847. John Landa opened a store in downtown New Braunfels, earned enough money and bought the riverfront property from Mr. Merriwether. His son, Harry, then took oversight of the property, and in 1897 was encouraged by a large stockholder by the name of Helen Gould to open the area to the public. Then in 1900 the Missouri, Kansas and Texas railroad extended its track right through the park. In 1927 the park was sold to investors.

Today it is a favorite place of locals and visitors alike to ride the miniature train through the park (in fact, we know a gentleman who used drive the train), go tubing on the Comal River (which is the shortest river in the United States - measuring three-quarters of a mile long) or just enjoy the peace of the surroundings. Inside the park there is also a miniature golf course and a pool.

When we visited the park we were approached by several creatures:

Mom and I thought this duck was pretty hilarious...
Ever heard of a Nutria before? (By the way, they EAT these things.)
We witnessed this crane gobble up this LIVE crayfish!
If you'd like to learn more about Landa Park, visit this website

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