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

Riley's Tavern

 
 
Riley's Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 3, 2020
1. Riley's Tavern Marker
Inscription.  Rileys Tavern, Hunter's oldest business, is housed in a circa 1895 building that was the Galloway Saloon and later home to the Bernardino Sanchez family. In 1933, Texas was the 23rd state to vote for the repeal of Prohibition. Shortly thereafter, J.C. Riley and his uncle drove a Model T to the steps of the state capitol in Austin to obtain the first license issued in Texas number 00001. At the stroke of midnight on Sep. 14, 1933, 3.2% beer could be sold and Comal County had sufficient stock available to meet the demand. Riley operated the business until his death in 1992. His tavern, midway between Austin and San Antonio, has been a popular destination for decades of travelers, with many from neighboring dry counties.
 
Erected 2013 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17728.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical date for this entry is September 14, 1933.
 
Location. 29° 48.379′ N, 98° 1.409′ W. Marker is near New Braunfels, Texas, in Comal County. Marker is at the intersection of Farm to Market
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Road 1102 and Malone Street, on the right when traveling east on Road 1102. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8894 FM 1102, New Braunfels TX 78132, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kings Highway Camino Real — Old San Antonio Road (approx. one mile away); Pitts Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away); Kings Highway (approx. 3.4 miles away); a different marker also named Kings Highway Camino Real — Old San Antonio Road (approx. 3.6 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Cattle Drives (approx. 4˝ miles away); Belvin Street Historic District (approx. 6.3 miles away); James Lafayette and Eliza Pitts Malone House (approx. 6.3 miles away).
 
Riley's Tavern and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 3, 2020
2. Riley's Tavern and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 6, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 278 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 6, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.

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