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Schertz in Comal County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Schertz Historic Site

St. Joseph's Chapel

 
 
Schertz Historic Site Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, January 15, 2018
1. Schertz Historic Site Marker
Inscription.  The original Catholic settlers of Comal Village longed for their own place of worship and school. Peter Ignatz Wenzel donated 3 acres of land for the construction of a school and a chapel. A one room school was built in December 1868 and an expanded (four room) school built in 1885. The latter school was placed on the same site as was the soon to be constructed to St. Joseph's Chapel. The school was closed in 1941 and the building dismantled in 1959. In 1905, St. Joseph's Chapel was built to allow Comal citizens to attend Mass on days following great church feast days and for funerals and baptisms. The chapel was paid for by donations from Comal Catholic farm families, and served as the center for religious education and social gathering. St. Joseph's importance to the larger Catholic community is seen through the unusually large numbers of priests and nuns that eventually originated from the families of the Comal Community. Renovation of the chapel's interior was completed in 2010.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1068 CE.
 
Location. 29° 38.84′ 
Saint Joseph's Chapel image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, April 11, 2022
2. Saint Joseph's Chapel
(the marker is located at the right side of the front entrance to the chapel)
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N, 98° 13.145′ W. Marker is in Schertz, Texas, in Comal County. Marker is at the intersection of Highway 482 and Bunker Street, on the right when traveling east on Highway 482. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6500 FM482, New Braunfels TX 78132, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saint Joseph Cemetery (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Comal Community (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Schertz Historic Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); Zions Kirche (approx. 3½ miles away); West End Park and Dance Hall (approx. 5.3 miles away); Carl Heinrich Guenther (approx. 5.4 miles away); The New Braunfels Cemetery (approx. 5½ miles away); Approximate Site of Mission Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Schertz.
 
The view of the entrance to the chapel from the parking lot image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, April 11, 2022
3. The view of the entrance to the chapel from the parking lot
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 8, 2018, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 276 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 8, 2018, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.   2, 3. submitted on April 11, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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May. 26, 2022