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Near San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Krause House / Mann's Crossing Post Office

 
 
Krause House / Mann's Crossing Post Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, August 10, 2021
1. Krause House / Mann's Crossing Post Office Marker
Inscription.  Anton F. Krause and Johanna Roesler emigrated from Austria to Texas in 1854. Like many new arrivals, they walked most of the way from the Texas coast to San Antonio where they were married in the San Fernando Church in May 1855. In 1875 they sold their San Antonio store and saloon and moved with their six children to southwestern Bexar County near Mann's Crossing.

The family purchased 101 acres in 1875 and a smaller tract including this site in 1876. They built a small log cabin and stone kitchen that year with the help of neighbors including family friend and stonemason Henry Nentwich, whose daughter Elizabeth later married the Krause's son Charles. The logs were hewn from local Elm trees and the sandstone was found nearby. Additions were made as the family grew over the years.

From January 1879 to November 1880 and again from September to December 1886, Anton Krause served as postmaster of Mann's Crossing, using his house as the post office. Krause and his sons also were active in law enforcement, and the house was used by Texas Rangers and federal agents to hold prisoners at various times.

Typical of the gradual
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By James Hulse, August 10, 2021
2. Side view of the Krause House / Mann's Crossing Post Office and Marker
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development of rural farmsteads evolving from a single pen log cabin, this house includes typical features of a vernacular farmhouse such as the original log core structure, board-and-batten siding on extensions, standing seam metal roof and box eaves. Its very survival is historically significant. The Krause land was designated a family land heritage farm in 1975.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1975
 
Erected 1999 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11747.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Law EnforcementSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1879.
 
Location. 29° 18.325′ N, 98° 39.93′ W. Marker is near San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is on Old Pearsall Road (Farm to Market Road 2536) 0.1 miles east of Edwards Road, on the right when traveling west. The marker is located in front of the building by the street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8551 Old Pearsall Road, San Antonio TX 78252, 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. McCulloch Cemetery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ruiz-Herrera Cemetery (approx. 4 miles away); Aviation Cadets (approx. 6˝ miles away); One More Roll
The view of the Krause House / Mann's Crossing Post Office and Marker from the street image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, August 10, 2021
3. The view of the Krause House / Mann's Crossing Post Office and Marker from the street
(approx. 6˝ miles away); Order of Daedalians / Fighter Aces Association (approx. 6˝ miles away); USAF Officer Candidate School (approx. 6˝ miles away); OCS Class 62-A (approx. 6˝ miles away); MTI Monument (approx. 6.6 miles away).
 
Front view of the Krause House / Mann's Crossing Post Office and Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, August 10, 2021
4. Front view of the Krause House / Mann's Crossing Post Office and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 21, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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