Near Stonewall in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Triumphing Over Tragedy – The Danz Family Story
“My memory does not begin with happy things.”
– Mathilda Gruen Wagner, daughter of German immigrants, 1860s
In 1845, hundreds of hopeful German immigrants came to the Texas Hill Country in search of land, political freedom and adventure. Johann “Casper” Danz, his wife Elisabeth and their baby boy Frederick were among them.
Tragedy struck the Danz family many times. Soon after they arrived in Fredericksburg, Elisabeth and her son died from an epidemic. Casperís second bridge, Johannette Margarethe Knaup-Flick, died during childbirth.
In 1857, Danz married his third wife, Johanne Dorothea Bock. This time the family flourished with eleven children. In 1860, the couple purchased the land you stand on today. Their descendants lived here until 1966, when the land became a park.
Danz Cabin - Take a short walk up this trail to see the earliest German cabin in the park. The Danz family built this two-room (dogtrot) home in 1860. It is the second cabin they built (“Cabin B” marks the spot of the first). One room of the cabin served as both a bedroom and living space, and the other was a kitchen. Fireplaces provided heat for warmth and cooking. Outdoor stairways leading to the sleeping lofts save much needed space indoors.
Corral - Reconstructed of stacked split cedar posts.
Well - About 30 feet deep and lined with hand-laid limestone.
The Danz cabin is the oldest example of a German Hill Country home in the park. These humble cabins contrast sharply with the Sauer-Beckmann Farmís Victorian refinements.
Location. 30° 14.227′ N, 98° 38.148′ W. Marker is near Stonewall, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker can be reached from Ranch Road 1 0.4 miles east of Coronet Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stonewall TX 78671, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Within These Walls / Small Spaces, Many Faces (approx. 0.6 miles away); What is the President pointing to anyway? (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Grand Entrance (approx. 0.6 miles away); Farm History (approx. 0.7 miles away); Longhorn Cattle and White-Tail Deer (approx. The Texas White House (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Jet Age Arrives! (approx. 0.7 miles away); Aviation: Key to the Texas White House (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Stonewall.
Also see . . . Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site - Official Website. (Submitted on November 29, 2015.)
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
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