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Fredericksburg in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Jacob Brodbeck

Father of U.S. Aviation

 

—1821 - 1910 —

 
Jacob Brodbeck Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 26, 2016
1. Jacob Brodbeck Marker
Inscription. Born and educated in Plattenhardt, Germany. Came to Texas in 1846 and settled in Gillespie County. He became the second school teacher of the Vereins Kirche. He was also involved in the development of Gillespie County by serving as county surveyor, county commissioner, school inspector, organized several schools where he also taught school plus was a music teacher.

In his spare time he worked on his dream of an airship, which he invented and flew on Sept. 20, 1865 on a meadow north of San Antonio, Texas. A man of many talents, but his greatest talent was in aerodynamics and many of his basic designs are still in use today.

Descendants of Jacob Brodbeck dedicate this monument to his memory with the cooperation of the Fredericksburg Independent School District and the Gillespie County Historical Society.
 
Erected 1986 by Descendants of Jacob Brodbeck, Fredericksburg ISD, and Gillespie County Historical Society.
 
Location. 30° 16.588′ N, 98° 52.333′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker can be reached from W. Austin Street west of N. Adams Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in the gardens of the Marktplatz. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg TX 78624, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Jacob Brodbeck Bust and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 26, 2016
2. Jacob Brodbeck Bust and Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lasting Friendship (a few steps from this marker); A Lasting Friendship (a few steps from this marker); Frank Valentin Van Der Stucken (within shouting distance of this marker); Gillespie County Country Schools 1846 to 1970's (within shouting distance of this marker); Bethany Lutheran Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Vereins Kirche (within shouting distance of this marker); Market Square (Marktplatz) (within shouting distance of this marker); Otfrid Hans Freiherr von Meusebach (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
Also see . . .  Jacob Friedrich Brodbeck. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on April 26, 2016.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceSettlements & Settlers
 
Marker in the Gardens of the Marktplatz image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 26, 2016
3. Marker in the Gardens of the Marktplatz
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 26, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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