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
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. Touch for map. Marker is in the Pioneer Garden (in Market Square Park) south of Austin Street. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg TX 78624, United States of America.
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); 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); Market Square (Marktplatz) (within shouting distance of this marker); Otfrid Hans Freiherr von Meusebach (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.)
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.
Categories. • Native Americans • Peace • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 18, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,706 times since then. This page 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.