Fredericksburg in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
by J. Hester
John O. Meusebach, German settler and founder of Fredericksburg, and Penatuka Comanche chief, Santanna share a peace pipe on May 7, 1847, at the signing of the treaty between the People of Fredericksburg and the Comanche Nation. The standing Comanche represents more than twenty other chiefs also participating in the treaty. This treaty is the only known peace treaty with Native Americans in United States history thought never to be broken. The spirit of this treaty continues in Fredericksburg today.
This bronze was presented to the City of Fredericksburg by the Fredericksburg 150th Anniversary Committee, dedicated May 24, 1997.
May 3-12, 1996
Erected 1997 by Fredericksburg 150th Anniversary Committee.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Peace • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1778.
Location. 30° 16.59′ N, 98° 52.342′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker can be reached from West Austin Street. Marker is in the Pioneer Garden (in Market Square Park) south of Austin Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg TX 78624, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jacob Brodbeck (a few steps from this marker); A Lasting Friendship (a few steps from this marker); Veterans of the Armed Forces (a few steps from this marker); General Michael W. Hagee (a few steps from this marker); Frank Valentin Van Der Stucken (a few steps from this marker); Gillespie County Country Schools 1846 to 1970's (within shouting distance of this marker); Vereins Kirche (within shouting distance of this marker); Bethany Lutheran Church (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Also see . . .
1. J. Hester's Gallery. (Submitted on September 19, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Meusebach-Comanche Treaty. (Submitted on September 19, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
1. Annual Powwow in Fredericksburg celebrates the peace treaty.
Each year the people of Fredericksburg and the Comanche Nation come together in Fredericksburg for a weekend Powwow celebrating the Never-Broken-Peace Treaty, said to be the only peace treaty never broken in the United States. The people of Fredericksburg were sad in 1875 when the US Army forced-marched the Comanches in the Fredericksburg area to the reservations in the Oklahoma Territory. The Lasting Friendship Powwow is held on the weekend closest to May 7 each year.
— Submitted June 15, 2011, by Kenn Knopp of Fredericksburg, Texas.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,044 times since then and 106 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week April 1, 2012. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 18, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.