San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Site of the Home of Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig Herﬀ
In 1847 he joined a group known as Die Vierziger (The Forty), who founded an idealistic commune in Texas called Bettina (near present Castell). The Utopian enterprise failed within a year, and Von Herff returned to Germany, where he was pressed into military service during the German Revolution. He married Mathilde Klingerhoeffer (1823-1910) in 1849, and they were on the way back to Texas by year's end.
The couple dropped the title "Von" from their name when they became American citizens. They lived briefly in New Braunfels, then settled in San Antonio in 1850. Active in city, cultural and medical affairs, Herff was a city alderman from 1850 to 1851. He helped form the Bexar County Medical Society and was a charter member of the Texas Medical Association in 1853. In 1855 he built a home on this site. Herff served as city health officer in 1860. Although he was a Confederate Army surgeon during the Civil War, his Union sympathies were known. In 1869,
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12345.)
Location. 29° 25.517′ N, 98° 29.317′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is at the intersection of N. Presa St. and W. Crockett Street on N. Presa St.. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Antonio TX 78205, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. San Antonio River Indian Springs (within shouting distance of this marker); San Antonio Casino Club Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Stevens Building (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Staacke Brothers Building (about 500 feet away); Site of the Old Adobe (about 500 feet away); The Alamo / El Alamo (about 500 feet away); Father of the River Walk (about 500 feet away); Alamo Low Barracks and Main Gateway (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
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