Next on my check list was Nelson City. There’s not much left of it now but it apparently had a swingin’ history.
The Nelson City Dance Hall and Party Ranch provides country and western music and dancing in the Hill Country. It is at the junction of FM 289 and Waring-Welfare Road.
The Po-Po Family Restaurant has a unique history with a cast of unique characters and circumstances. It is located six miles North of Boerne about one-half mile off I-10 at the Welfare exit. The structure was first built as a dance hall in 1929 by a rancher and dairyman, Edwin Nelson. There were just gravel roads in the area then. First he built a gasoline station and then the dance hall. It has changed hands several times and was finally sold to Luther and Marie Burgon in 1950. They have developed it into one of the finest restaurants in the area. Luther and Marie traveled one month a year and began collecting plates. There are now more than 2000 plates on display, many of which were donated and each with a special story.
In 1983 it was sold to Jerry and Jenny Tilley and son, David, and is now open as a fully operating family restaurant. With a sound stage and covered dance area, outdoor patio area and a complete kitchen, Po-Po is capable of serving up to 200 people outdoors for private parties. I had lunch here and enjoyed looking at many of the plates on the wall. It was more upscale than its country location would indicate.
Joshua Creek Ranch is on 1,200 acres of diverse terrain, including Texas prairie grasses, high bluffs, Joshua Creek and ancient oaks. Trails, accommodations, cuisine and amenities make it a sportsman's paradise. During the fall and winter, there is wingshooting for Texas bobwhite quail, chukar, Hungarian partridge and pheasant, as well as game hunting for Hill Country whitetail deer and the Rio Grande turkey. There is year-round hunting for Axis deer. In the spring and summer, there is fishing, floating, canoeing and kayaking, as well as hiking and biking.