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Architectural Digest Just Chose the Prettiest Town in Texas: Do You Agree?

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Despite what visitors might think, Fredericksburg is not a theme park. These fire trucks were bought by the city with the support of the community. Maintaining the prettiest-town-in-Texas-look while dealing with growth, construction, and increasing numbers of visitors requires lots of attention. Mayor Langerhans also notes that the City is undertaking the second of their long-term visioning processes, which brings community residents together to forge a picture of the future. The process isn’t complete, but participants are keen on preserving the heritage and culture unique to the area. City regulations, such as the Historic Zoning Ordinance, aren’t always popular with property owners and developers, but they inform the relentless development of the downtown area. Long-term projects include the development of a traffic relief route or bypass, as the busy US Highway 290 comes right through downtown. This route is busy with large trucks connecting to Interstate 10 at the west end of the county. Langerhans recalls her father discussing this with her when he was mayor, at a time when this was called a truck route.

6. German Influences are Still Strong.

Architectural Digest Just Chose the Prettiest Town in Texas: Do You Agree?

Photo: Robert C Deming

The authenticity of the community comes in part from the on-going relationship between three German cities and current residents of Fredericksburg. These sister cities are the areas where many of the original settlers came from, and some of the members of this sister-city group are descendants of those same people.

7. Fredericksburg Remembers

Architectural Digest Just Chose the Prettiest Town in Texas: Do You Agree?

Photo: Robert C Deming

Much of the history of Fredericksburg is told in the MarktPlatz by statues and a water wheel.  For more on this story, visit the Vereins Kirche in the center of this downtown city park. Then you may begin to understand how Fredericksburg could indeed be the prettiest town in Texas!