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Near Fredericksburg in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

John O. Meusebach

(1812 - 1897)

 
 
John O. Meusebach Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 9, 2015
1. John O. Meusebach Marker
Inscription.  To be a Texan, Meusebach gave up title of baron in 1845. As commissioner-general, German-Emigration Company, he founded Fredericksburg in 1846 as gateway to Fisher-Miller land grant, hunting ground of the Comanche. By emptying his firearms, he won trust of Indians and made treaty to provide for unmolested settlement. Indians called him “El Sol Colorado” (The Red Sun).
     State senator, 1851. In 1854 issued colonists’ headrights.
     To his family motto, he added “Texas Forever”. Lived in Loyal Valley. Buried near Cherry Spring.
 
Erected 1964 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10084.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 30° 28.962′ N, 99° 0.489′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 87 and Cherry Spring Road, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 87. 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 7 miles
John O. Meusebach Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 9, 2015
2. John O. Meusebach Marker
View to northeast across US 87
of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Marschall - Meusebach Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Diedrich Rode Complex (approx. 1.4 miles away); Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Old Cherry Spring School (approx. 1.7 miles away); Cherry Spring Schoolhouse (approx. 3.8 miles away); Herman and Willie Lehmann (approx. 6.4 miles away); Lange's Mill (approx. 6.9 miles away); Homesite of John O. Meusebach, 1812-1897 (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
Also see . . .  John O. Meusebach. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on December 16, 2015.) 
 
View to Northwest from US 87 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 9, 2015
3. View to Northwest from US 87
Marker is on right (east) side of highway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 696 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 16, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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