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Sisterdale in Kendall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)


Sisterdale Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2020
1. Sisterdale Marker

Abundant natural resources and a well-traveled pathway made this area one of the earliest frontier Hill Country settlements. The Pinto Trail, an ancient Native American Road between Spanish missions in San Antonio and lands north, was a conduit here, crossing the Guadalupe and its local tributaries. Pre-settlement, Henry Karnes led a contingent of Galveston volunteers "to quell Indian disturbances upon our frontier" in October 1839. William R. Sixty was killed on that expedition by the accidental discharge of his rifle, and the nearby creeks were first named Sixty’s Creeks in his honor.

The Adelsverein brought German settlers to Texas in the 1840s, and engineer Nicolaus Zink built his home here in 1847 on the 1280-acre William F. Wilson survey, becoming the first settler of what would become Sisterdale as well as the later-organized Blanco and Kendall Counties. The families of Ottmar (Ottomar) von Behr, George F. Holekamp, Julius Dresel, Carl Beseler, Ernst Kapp and others came soon after. Since nearby landmarks were named Bosom Hill, Sister Hills and Twin Sisters, von Behr suggested the settlers name their village Sisterdale,
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while also changing the name of the local creeks from Sisty's to Sisters. Von Behr became the first postmaster of Sisterdale on October 23, 1847. The community was not platted but instead a series of large farms populated by German immigrants, many of whom were part of the failed German revolution of 1848. Sisterdale was also one of the Hill Country's Latin settlements, so named because its well-educated citizens often read and debated in that language. 1854 visitor Frederick Law Olmsted was impressed with their free-thinking intellects. Sisterdale remains a historic and scenic Hill Country locale.
Marker is property of the State of Texas
Erected 2014 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17823.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 29° 58.615′ N, 98° 43.3′ W. Marker is in Sisterdale, Texas, in Kendall County. Marker is on Sisterdale Road (State Highway 473) north of Siebeneicher Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1210 Sisterdale Road, Boerne TX 78006, 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. Ottmar von Behr (approx. 1.6 miles away); Waring Schoolhouse (approx. 5.2 miles
Sisterdale Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2020
2. Sisterdale Marker
away); Beseler Family (approx. 6.1 miles away); Brownsboro Cemetery (approx. 6½ miles away); Brownsboro Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 6½ miles away); Brownsboro Community (approx. 6.8 miles away); History of the Railroad (approx. 6.8 miles away); History of the Kendall County Park System (approx. 6.8 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 23, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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