For more than 80 years, the bustling blue-collar business on Porter Street had a wide-reaching impact on Comal County, and for more than a dozen summers, it had an indelible impact on us, too.
In 1923, a modest mill opened up shop in New Braunfels, Texas, nestled up against the Guadalupe River. Over the years, it expanded exponentially into a massive manufacturing operation, producing cotton textiles from start to finish, and employing nearly a thousand people. It eventually developed into what they called Milltown, which incorporated buildings that served as quarters for the millworkers and even a little company store. But it was the retail room that interested us.