Near New Braunfels in Comal County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
New Braunfels Schuetzen Verein
The New Braunfels Schuetzen Verein organized in 1849 as one of the nation's early shooting clubs. German immigrants founded the town only four years earlier in 1845 and brought the tradition of target shooting to America from their homeland. The need to provide food and protect homes also necessitated the practice in the New Braunfels area, as many early settlers joined the organization.
As the city of New Braunfels grew, the Schuetzen Verein moved several times to avoid residential areas. The club moved in the years prior to World War I and then again when New Braunfels doubled in size in the years after World War II. It was also during this time that the Mission Valley Schuetzen Verein merged with New Braunfels club. In the following decades, New Braunfels continued to grow, especially as it became part of an extended metropolitan area. With the city's continued expansion, the shooting club relocated again.
The Schuetzen Verein's most important event is the Koenig (King) matches held annually since before the Civil War. An important tradition in the community, members continued it even through the ammunition shortages
After more than 150 years of existence, the New Braunfels Schuetzen Verein continues to meet, serving as a reminder of the town's German heritage and historic past.
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13667.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1849.
Location. 29° 44.751′ N, 98° 14.099′ W. Marker is near New Braunfels, Texas, in Comal County. Marker is on Range Road 0.2 miles west of State Highway 46, on the left when traveling west. The marker is located at the main gate to the shooting club by the road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 391 Range Road, 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. Approximate Site of Mission Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (approx. 5 miles away); Comal Springs (approx. 6.3 miles away); Landa Park (approx. 6.4 miles away); Founder's Oak (approx. 6.4 miles away); New Braunfels (approx. 6.4 miles away); West End Park and Dance Hall (approx. 6.7 miles away); First Patented Wire Fence (approx. 6.8 miles away); Schertz Historic Site (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Braunfels.
Also see . . . Schützenverein.
A Schützenverein (German for "marksmen's club") is a local voluntary association found in German-speaking countries revolving around shooting as a sport, often target shooting to Olympic rules or with historic weapons. Although originating as a town militia, a Schützenverein has no military aspects and in many cases often has a more social than sporting purpose. Source: Wikipedia(Submitted on June 4, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 4, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.