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Castell in Llano County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

German Settlements

 
 
German Settlements Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, June 21, 2020
1. German Settlements Marker
Inscription.  

In 1867 on Fisher Miller land grant, 3 settlements were begun by German emigration company under Commissioner General John O. Meusebach.

CASTELL: Settled by Fredericksburg pioneers of the German Emigration Company, was first and only permanent Llano County settlement.

LEININGEN: Site 3 miles to east. Non-existent today.

BETTINA: First communal settlement in Texas. Located where Elm Creek enters Llano River. Abandoned in less than a year, when supplies ran out.
 
Erected 1964 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 9440.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 30° 42.296′ N, 98° 57.518′ W. Marker is in Castell, Texas, in Llano County. Marker is at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 2768 and County Highway 104, on the left when traveling west on Highway 2768. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Castell TX 76831, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Texas Ranger Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Castell Community 1847
A view of the Llano River from the Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, June 21, 2020
2. A view of the Llano River from the Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Castell Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Known Religious Services in Mason County (approx. 0.4 miles away); Homesite of John O. Meusebach, 1812-1897 (approx. 9 miles away); Herman and Willie Lehmann (approx. 9.3 miles away); Kothmann Homesite and Cemetery (approx. 9.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Castell.
 
Also see . . .
1. Bettina Texas. (Submitted on September 6, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
2. Early Germans in Texas. (Submitted on September 6, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 6, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 6, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
 
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Mar. 7, 2021