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

New Braunfels 1918 Fire Station

 
 
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Photographed By Larry D. Moore, March 7, 2019
1. New Braunfels 1918 Fire Station Marker
Inscription.  In February 1871, Rudolph Wipprecht of the New Braunfels Turnverein (Gymnastic Society) proposed a resolution to organize a fire brigade. Fighting fires remained difficult, however, until June of 1886 with the establishment of water mains, twenty hydrants and a city volunteer fire department. Once the city acquired a fire engine in 1913, attention turned to constructing a fire station. On September 11, 1917, voters passed a bond to erect a new building.

The city chose this site from land donated by Ernest and Jesse Sippel. San Antonio architect Leo M.J. Dielmann drew up the plans and the city awarded the building contract to A.F. Moeller of New Braunfels, with construction completed on May 15, 1918. In addition to having a large area on the ground floor, the new station contained an office for the city marshal, a consultation room, locker room, restroom and an office for the water works superintendent. The second floor included a large hall suitable for training and allowed space for firefighters to stay overnight.

This building served as Fire Station No. 1 until April of 1987 when a new station was built next door. The
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idea of converting the 1918 station into a museum came from the battalion chief, and the museum had its grand opening in 1995, on the 150th anniversary of the founding of New Braunfels. The 1918 fire station represents the first major step in modernizing firefighting in New Braunfels. Now a museum, the building serves as a means to show the department's history and evolution. It also serves as a tribute to those who protect their fellow citizens from fires and other dangers as well as those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
 
Erected 2018 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18923.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1871.
 
Location. 29° 42.042′ N, 98° 7.549′ W. Marker is in New Braunfels, Texas, in Comal County. Marker is on Hill Avenue, 0 miles east of West San Antonio Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker is in front of the New Braunfels Fire Museum. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Braunfels TX 78130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. International & Great Northern Railroad in New Braunfels (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Plumeyer Bakery Building (about 300 feet away); Louis Henne Co. (about 300 feet away); Spaß und Gemütlichkeit
New Braunfels 1918 Fire Station Marker Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, March 7, 2019
2. New Braunfels 1918 Fire Station Marker Area
(about 400 feet away); Hinmann House (about 500 feet away); The New Braunfels Herald (about 700 feet away); 1915 New Braunfels Post Office (about 700 feet away); Site of New Braunfels Academy (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Braunfels.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 7, 2019, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 238 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 7, 2019, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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