About 20 miles southwest of Austin is a charming town known as the Pie Capital of Texas. If you’re a pie lover, the drive is well worth the effort. One Saturday morning, we made the journey to Kyle to walk the town and, of course, pick up some pies!
The Kyle area is one of the fastest-growing areas in Texas. Dozens of housing subdivisions are popping up — a testament Kyle’s relatively close location to Austin.
Texas Pie Company
You can’t miss the Texas Pie Company, located in historic downtown Kyle, with its 3-D pie sign out front. Once inside, you’ll immediately notice the pie counter and the unique wall decorations. Famous for their handmade pies and casseroles, chef Julie Albertson, has been using her grandmother’s cherished recipes for her mouth-watering desserts for years.
Kyle Water Tower
The iconic Kyle water tower is located downtown and can be seen for miles.
The downtown square still has the old bell used in days gone by to alert residents for all manners of important issues such as fires, gatherings, emergencies, and celebrations.
Located in the downtown square is a fountain and old town hall. The fountain still works, and the town square is often busy with locals and visitors enjoying the small town ambiance.
Milt’s Pit BBQ
Milt’s Pit BBQ has been voted best barbeque several years running. They serve traditional Texas BBQ with exceptional sides.
Railroad Depot & Heritage Center
The Kyle Railroad Depot & Heritage Center is open for tours most Saturdays from 10a to 2p. Inside are artifacts from 1917 to 1965 depicting a typical day at the train depot. The Kyle Train Depot officially opened in September 2016.
Until only a few decades ago, express trains between Austin and San Antonio would fly by as Mail Clerks would extend an arm to grab a hanging bag of mail set out by the Kyle Post Office. Without stopping, the day’s mail would be on its way!
The Kyle train station was also a busy hub for shipping cattle and cotton from local ranches and farms to destinations all across America.
The bright red caboose was recently moved to Kyle and is part of the railroad tour. Visitors are encouraged to walk through the caboose. During our visit, we were fortunate to have Tricia, of the historical society, share her enthusiasm for trains with us.
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