BOOK REVIEW: Walking Hill Country Towns By Diane Capito

Since I am new to Boerne (and to Texas, for that matter) I stay on high alert for any book that will educate me about the history of my new home. I found two gems that are well worth sharing with my Boerne neighbors!

Walking Hill Country Towns by Diane Capito is a pocket-guide for the casual explorer. Its audience is the person that wants to take an interesting stroll through 41 of the Hill Country’s small towns from Antioch to Wimberly. A few have no walks−there just isn’t anywhere interesting to walk in Anholt. Others have more, like the five walks charted for New Braunfels. Readers of Explorer will be pleased that Boerne lists four walks out of the 196 described in the book.

After a delightful historical introduction to Boerne, Capito describes the walks for our town. Walk 3 was fascinating to me. Many, many years ago, a high school teacher told our class that the best way to study the history of an area was to visit the graveyards. Ms. Capito has done this for us, with a brief walk through our own Texas Historical Cemetery on School Street. Don’t think a stroll through a graveyard is exciting? Read the book!

A road map begins Walking Hill Country Towns, allowing the opportunity to “jump-in” at any point on the compass. Towns are listed alphabetically so moving from the map to the description of town walks is effortless. It is a very user-friendly structure.

The reader will capture a lot of Capito’s personality in reading her Preface, in which she writes;

I especially like to meander. Sometimes I turn onto a road just to see where it leads. Or I set out with no destination in mind. I might turn off on the first side road that looks inviting and keep turning onto whatever road next catches my fancy. Since I am directionally challenged, I eventually have no idea where I am. Fortunately, I don’t care where I am. I never fail to have a good time meandering.

Each town walk features a map with turn-by-turn directions. Many have photos of significant structures, and historical information of the locale.

I am a writer of fiction and gained insightful benefit from the two books reviewed here. While the intended audience for each book is very different, both authors did extensive historical research, and their bibliographies are a road map of Hill Country history. I am currently writing an historical western with a fantasy twist, for publication in 2014, and will refer to these indexes diligently. For that novel I owe a debt of gratitude to Ms. Capito’s and Mr. Morgenthaler’s hard work. Thank you, Jeff and Diane!

*Walking Hill Country Towns by Diane Capito – Second edition, Published 2010 by Maverick Publishing Company, and

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