Of the some 20 painted churches in Texas, 15 are listed on the National Register of historic sites.
Most of the Painted Churches were built in small farming communities, which had large populations a century ago, but today, most of them are nearly ghost towns. The only remains of the community are the well maintained churches in their old world charm.
I missed the painted Church St. Stanislaus, in Anderson and one near Planterville: http://www.smsj.org/index.php
marker at the church in Praha, "lost almost all it's adult male population during WWII".
It seemed that every Texas town that I rode through, had a Dollar General, Subway, Dairy Queen and a WhatAburger franchise.
Most towns also had a Mexican Restaurant and a BBQ pit.
I stopped at a few BBQ pits. I was told by many, that the following BBQ were some of the best Texas BBQ:
Cooper's in Llano or Mason
Black's, Kreuz Market, Smitty's or Chisolm Trail in Lockhart
Luling City Market - Luling
Louie Mueller's in Taylor
Gonzales Food Market - Gonzales