Comfort in Kendall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Founding Freethinkers
From 1845 to 1861 large numbers of German Freethinkers immigrated to the Texas Hill Country. Freethinkers were predominantly German intellectuals who advocated reason and democracy over religious and political autocracy. Many had been active in the 1848 German revolution and sought freedom in America. The Freethinkers established numerous Central Texas colonies including Bettina, Castell, Cypress Creek, Luckenbach, Sisterdale, and Tusculum (Boerne). Settlements which conducted intellectual forums in Latin became known as “Latin Colonies.” Within a few years of the founding of Comfort in 1854, half the Hill Country Freethinker population was living in the area.
Freethinkers valued their newfound freedoms of speech, assembly and separation of religion and government. Instead of religious dogma, Freethinkers believed in individual philosophy. They advocated equal rights for all persons, and their moral values were dominated by respect for life and nature. Many were active in political issues of the day including the rejection of secession and abolition of slavery. Intellectual pursuits were shared with agriculture and
Loyalty to the Union during the Civil War had cost many their freedoms and lives. Some Freethinkers relocated to nearby urban area or other states, and a few returned to Europe. Arrival of the railroad in Comfort in 1887 and other outside factors largely influenced the construction of the first church in 1892. Freethinker origins continue to influence the spirit of the community and surrounding areas.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Government & Politics • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil.
Location. 29° 57.98′ N, 98° 54.397′ W. Marker is in Comfort, Texas, in Kendall County. Marker is on High Street west of 8th Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is bronze metal tablet mounted on large stone pedestal at the east end of the old Paul Ingenhuett building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 731 High Street, Comfort TX 78013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Gass Schmiede (a few steps from this marker); Ingenhuett-Karger Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Hermann and Antoine Ingenhuett Homestead (within shouting distance of this marker); Karger Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Ingenhuett-Faust Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Comfort Post Office (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Peter Joseph Ingenhuett Homestead (about 400 feet away); Arno Schwethelm Building (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Comfort.
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