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Old 12-05-2009, 02:43 PM
 
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Hey everyone,

I don't want to come off sounding like an idiot here, but what exactly is the Texas Hill country? Is it simply a geographical definition or does it connote any sort of cultural/social lifestyle? Does if offer any certain historical elements that differ from other areas of Texas? I google searched the term and came up with a few vague answers from wikipedia (yes, i did say wikipedia) but I always think that google searches tend to bring up impersonal and standard answers, you know? I'd much rather get a description from actual human beings. And I'm always a little wary to take information on travel information/tourist bureau websites at face value, as they're usually pushing a specific agenda.

What's it like? Is it a nice place? Can it eve be called a 'place', or does it encompass to much varied geographical area to be classified as one, solitary, defined 'place'? How exactly is it defined? I hope I'm making some sort of sense here, I'm just very curious to learn more about this part of Texas. Thanks.
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Old 12-05-2009, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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The hill country is just that, the beginning of getting into the West Texas mountains. Leaving San Antonio or Austin going west, you get into "hill country" as opposed to flat south and east Texas.
There are several artsy retirement towns, Kerrville, Fredericksburg to name a few. Lots of ranches and small towns. Kepp going west and you get into the Mountains.
The area is kinda hard to define, Kerrvile is 60 miles northwest of San Antonio, Austin is in the beginning of the "hill country". Hope that helps a little.
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Old 12-05-2009, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Ruidoso, NM
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The best and most authentic source of information on anything in Texas is the HANDBOOK OF TEXAS.

Here is what the online version says about the "Hill country."

TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

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Old 12-07-2009, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Austin is in hill county. A+ city the best in Texas.
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