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

Landa Park

 
 
Landa Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, April 12, 2019
1. Landa Park Marker
Inscription.  

​Joseph Landa purchased the land that now encompasses this park in 1859. The Comal Springs, the largest group of springs in the American Southwest, are the focus of the park. Landa used the Comal River to power gristmills, cotton and woolen factories, an ice plant and a brewery. During the Civil War, a saltpeter processing plant was also located on the site.

Joseph's son Harry Landa opened Landa's Park as a tourist site in 1898, when the International and Great Northern Railroad built a spur to the site. By 1900, both the I&GN and the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Katy) railroads ran weekend excursion trains to the park, where visitors enjoyed picnics, dancing and steamboat excursions on Landa Lake. Landa later sold the park to a San Antonio investment group, who operated it until financial problems caused the park's closure in 1933. In 1936, concerned citizens led by Erhard P. Nowotny petitioned the City of New Braunfels to purchase the park, and city residents voted three to one in favor of the move. The park has remained open to the public since that time.

Throughout the years the park has grown in acreage, and many
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improvements have been made. In the 1930s, Works Progress Adminstration (WPA) employees built concession stands, restrooms, parking areas, and retaining walls. Later improvements have included a miniature golf course, playgrounds and nature trails. Wurstfest, an annual celebration of food and music, has been held in the park each November since the early 1960s. Today, Landa Park continues to serve the public as a leisure destination both for the citizens of New Braunfels and for area travelers.
Marker is property of the State of Texas
 
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16021.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1859.
 
Location. 29° 42.689′ N, 98° 8.164′ W. Marker is in New Braunfels, Texas, in Comal County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Landa Park Drive (California Boulevard) and Monument Drive. 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. The Old San Antonio Road (a few steps from this marker); Founder's Oak (a few steps from this marker); German Pioneers Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); New Braunfels
Founder's Oak image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, April 12, 2019
2. Founder's Oak
The marker is in front of this landmark tree at the park.
(within shouting distance of this marker); New Braunfels Gemischter Chor Harmonie (within shouting distance of this marker); It All Began Here (within shouting distance of this marker); Mayors' Monarch Pledge (within shouting distance of this marker); This Monument Marks the Location (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Braunfels.
 
Also see . . .  Landa Park. TSHA Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on September 19, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
Founder's Oak marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, April 12, 2019
3. Founder's Oak marker
Comal Springs image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, April 12, 2019
4. Comal Springs
Picnic area at Landa Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, April 12, 2019
5. Picnic area at Landa Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 474 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 19, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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