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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Comal County, Texas

Clickable Map of Comal County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Comal County, TX (104) Bexar County, TX (510) Blanco County, TX (32) Guadalupe County, TX (81) Hays County, TX (124) Kendall County, TX (86)  ComalCounty(104) Comal County (104)  BexarCounty(510) Bexar County (510)  BlancoCounty(32) Blanco County (32)  GuadalupeCounty(81) Guadalupe County (81)  HaysCounty(124) Hays County (124)  KendallCounty(86) Kendall County (86)
New Braunfels is the county seat for Comal County
Adjacent to Comal County, Texas
      Bexar County (510)  
      Blanco County (32)  
      Guadalupe County (81)  
      Hays County (124)  
      Kendall County (86)  
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1Texas, Comal County, Fischer — 18454 — Agricultural Society of Fischer
In 1853, Hermann and Otto Fischer arrived in the area as some of the first pioneer settlers. Hermann farmed, ranched and then decided to use his formal training to open a mercantile business in 1866 named Fischer's Store. To accommodate the growing . . . Map (db m183639) HM
2Texas, Comal County, Fischer — 17645 — Fischer Cemetery
In 1886, Otto Fischer donated 30 acres to Fischer Store community, a settlement of predominantly German heritage, to start and benefit a school. A community burial ground was established in 1890 near the high point of this parcel with the burial of . . . Map (db m183647) HM
3Texas, Comal County, Fischer — 18380 — Fischer Store
Brothers Hermann Fischer (1826-1893) and Otto Fischer (1830-1904) emigrated from Germany to Texas in 1849 and 1852, respectively, and settled here in 1853. They built a two-room dogtrot log cabin on the banks of Lake Creek. Through subsistence . . . Map (db m183637) HM
4Texas, Comal County, Garden Ridge — 5962 — Zions Kirche
Organized 1871, with 52 German members, by the Rev. William Felsing, itinerant minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Building was erected 1872 of native limestone; enlarged 1893; had brick facade and bell tower added, 1913. Still in . . . Map (db m150988) HM
5Texas, Comal County, Gruene — 1495 — Erhardt Neuse House
Built in the 1880s by Henry D. Gruene, this was the home of the family of Erhardt Neuse, field foreman of H.D. Gruene's vast cotton interests. The Neuse family continued to reside here until the 1930s, when the town of Gruene experienced a decline. . . . Map (db m195554) HM
6Texas, Comal County, Gruene — 2293 — Gruene
German immigrant farmers were the first settlers of this area, which was originally called Goodwin. Henry D. Gruene established a large cotton farming operation here in the 1870s. He built a mercantile, cotton gin and dance hall, and conveyed land . . . Map (db m81254) HM
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7Texas, Comal County, Gruene — 2294 — Gruene Cotton Gin
Built on the site of an earlier grist mill, the Gruene cotton gin was constructed in 1878 by H.D. Gruene. Powered by the Guadalupe River, the gin was steam-operated and served to process the vast amounts of cotton grown in the area. The gin played . . . Map (db m71562) HM
8Texas, Comal County, Gruene — 2295 — Gruene Mansion
The son of German immigrants, Henry D. Gruene was born in New Braunfels in 1850. In 1872 he built this home, in what was then the town of Goodwin. Gruene became a leader in the development of the community, which later was renamed for him. Although . . . Map (db m195553) HM
9Texas, Comal County, Gruene — 2296 — Gruene's Hall
Built in 1878 as a saloon and social hall for area cotton farmers, this is believed to be one of the oldest dance halls in Texas. Christian Herry (1854-1917) built the hall under the direction of town developer Henry D. Gruene, for whom many of the . . . Map (db m71559) HM
10Texas, Comal County, Gruene — 2314 — H.D. Gruene Mercantile
In 1878 Henry D. Gruene (1850-1920) established a mercantile business at this site. To provide more space for the growing business, this building was erected in 1904, one year after the local post office name changed from Goodwin to Gruene. The . . . Map (db m195558) HM
11Texas, Comal County, Gruene — H.D. Gruene, Jr's OfficePrivate Office
In 1923 H.D. decided he wanted a small office so he built this structure. The old cotton gin had burned in 1922 (Now the Gristmill Restaurant) and this office was sometimes used for cotton business. The waterfall siding is distinctive of early . . . Map (db m195602) HM
12Texas, Comal County, Gruene — Henry D. Gruene
On this green bank, by this soft stream, we set today two votive milestones, that memory may their deeds redeem, when like our sires, our grandsons and daughters too are gone!! Born in New Braunfels, Henry D. Gruene (1850-1920) was the son of . . . Map (db m71558) HM
13Texas, Comal County, Gruene — 3870 — Original Gruene Mercantile
Founded in 1878 by Henry D. Gruene to serve the families working on his cotton farms, the original Gruene Mercantile served many purposes for the community. In addition to providing food, clothing, household goods and farm implements, the store was . . . Map (db m195597) HM
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14Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 18087 — 1915 New Braunfels Post Office
The old post office of New Braunfels was built during the full-scale 20th century transformation of the United States Postal System. Programs like the United States Postal Savings System, parcel post, airmail, and improved rural delivery services . . . Map (db m130116) HM
15Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 3627 — Approximate Site of Mission Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Established by Franciscan Missionaries in 1757 for the purpose of civilizing and christianizing the Tonkawas, Mayeyes, and their associates • Formerly at Mission San Francisco Xavier on the San Gabriel river • Abandoned in 1758Map (db m174649) HM
16Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 13268 — August and Karoline Tolle House
German native August Tolle (1829-1922) immigrated to New Braunfels with his parents and siblings in 1845 and established a drugstore with Dr. Theodore Koester, his brother-in-law, in 1858. In 1861, he wed Karoline Messer (d. 1929), also from . . . Map (db m172614) HM
17Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 235 — August Dietz Cottage
August Dietz came to Texas in 1849 as a German immigrant, and settled in New Braunfels. On Sept. 1, 1866, he bought this lot, soon built this cottage, and sold it on Dec. 2, 1867. At first a two-room structure, the building was later enlarged. Its . . . Map (db m210377) HM
18Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 501 — Breustedt House
A fine example of German Colonial "Fachwerk" - all walls framed with cedar timbers, then filled solid with sun-baked adobe brick. Built 1858 for Johann Andreas and Caroline (Dauer) Breustedt, at site now just west of the intersection of I35 and SH46 . . . Map (db m186776) HM
19Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 16588 — Carl Heinrich Guenther(September 9, 1821–April 8, 1870)
Born in Prussia, Carl (Karl) Heinrich Guenther immigrated to Texas in 1845. He was a community leader, one of New Braunfels’ first public school teachers, and a director of the Germania, an early singing society. In 1854, he was elected president of . . . Map (db m151033) HM
20Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 852 — Church Hill School Building
St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran pastors held day school in the church for years. In 1870 this schoolhouse was built. It served the Hortontown and Neighborsville farm communities, situated on either side of Church Hill road. After 1879, lay . . . Map (db m174739) HM
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21Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 986 — Comal County
Formed from Travis and Bexar land districts Created March 24,1846 Organized July 13, 1846 Named for the river so called from the pancake shape of the islands formed by its springs New Braunfels, county seat established March . . . Map (db m130112) HM
22Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 987 — Comal County Courthouse
In 1846 Comal County held its first court session in the home of its county clerk, Conrad Seabaugh. Courthouse facilities acquired in 1849 proved inadequate and were replaced with a 2-story building at the southeast corner of the city plaza in . . . Map (db m111237) HM
23Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 17844 — Comal County Fair
The annual Comal County Fair represents tradition and community in New Braunfels, where it has been an important event since the early 1890s. The fair emphasizes agriculture, animal husbandry, home economic skills, arts, entertainment, patriotism, . . . Map (db m210032) HM
24Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — Comal County World War I Monument
Dedicated Nov. 11, 1937 to World War veterans of Comal County 1917 — 1918
Donated by Mr. & Mrs. E.A. ClousnitzerMap (db m194837) WM
25Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 988 — Comal County, C.S.A.
Manufacturing and supply center in Civil War. The local newpaper urged southern cause so strongly that 1861 vote was 239 to 86 favoring secession. More than 300 Confederate soldiers enlisted here. The "Texas Mounted Rifles" of Capt. Theodore . . . Map (db m130117) HM
26Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — Comal Springs
The largest springs in Texas and the Southwest, maximum recorded discharge was 550 cubic feet per second (355,608,000 gallons per day) on April 20, 1977. They are a natural discharge of the Edwards (Balcones Fault Zone) aquifer. Water enters this . . . Map (db m156472) HM
27Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 14099 — Early Settlers' Home
Situated on lot deeded to colonist Christoph Luentzel. Adobe brick and cedar beam house was begun about 1850 by Heinrich Bevenroth (d. 1850), and enlarged by later owners Heinrich C. C. Pohlmann, Mrs. Elisabeth Gehrung, Egmond . . . Map (db m130134) HM
28Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 17083 — Eiband and Fischer General Mercantile
In 1846, one year after New Braunfels was founded, a mercantile company owned by James Ferguson and Henry Hessler opened on the corner of Castell and San Antonio streets. By 1858, both men had died and Ernst Scherff, an employee, purchased the . . . Map (db m130113) HM
29Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 18692 — Emmie Seele Faust Memorial Library
Located on the corner of Coll Street and Magazine Avenue, the Emmie Seele Faust Memorial Library served as the New Braunfels public library from 1938 to 1969. The New Braunfels Library Association formed in 1928 to meet the need for better education . . . Map (db m132650) HM
30Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 18902 — Ernst and Antoinette Gruene House
Located in an area historically known as Comaltown, this home was built in 1852 by Ernst (1819-1914) and Maria Antoinette (Kloepper) (1826-1917) Gruene. They immigrated to Texas in 1845 and raised their three children, Ernst, Jr., Heinrich (H.D.), . . . Map (db m210060) HM
31Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 12509 — Faust Street Bridge
Caravans carrying supplies to Spanish missions in East Texas and other travelers crossed the Guadalupe River on El Camino Real (The King's Highway) near this site in the 18th century. It sometimes took weeks for floodwaters to subside so travelers . . . Map (db m150969) HM
32Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 1590 — Ferdinand J. Lindheimer
. . . Map (db m210026) HM
33Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer1801 - 1879
Ferdinand Lindheimer arrived in Texas as it was becoming a republic. Later he played important roles in the developing New Braunfels community. Lindheimer created the town's first botanical garden, served as superintendent of the county school . . . Map (db m210029) HM
34Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 1807 — First Patented Wire Fence
Virginia native William H. Meriwether (b. 1800), an early Comal County plantation owner, ran a sawmill, cotton gin and gristmill at this site. As an agriculturalist, he was aware of the need for an economical and practical source of fencing . . . Map (db m156486) HM
35Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 1857 — First Protestant Church
Site of "The German Protestant Church" chartered by the Republic of Texas in 1845 and organized in that year.Map (db m172618) HM
36Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 18183 — First United Methodist Church
In the 1850s, Methodism spread across south Texas and into New Braunfels. Many German-speaking immigrants in communities like New Braunfels would be converted to Methodism. In 1853 a circuit rider, Rev. Henry P. Young, established the New Braunfels . . . Map (db m195526) HM
37Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — Founder's OakA Sesquicentennial Project — Gründer Eiche - Roble de los Fundadores —
1700 This tree began as a seedling in this major campsite of Central Texas Indians. Archeology has traced the Indians presence here to 13,000 years ago. Early settlers told that Indians left messages to those who followed by weighing down the . . . Map (db m168470) HM
38Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — German Pioneers Monument
Panel 1 The first German settlements in Texas were Industry in Austin County, founded by Friedrich Ernst in 1831, Biegel in Fayette County, founded by Joseph Biegel in 1832, Cat Spring in Austin County, founded by the von Roeder, Kleberg, . . . Map (db m210312) HM
39Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 17801 — Heinrich Mordhorst
Artisan and craftsman Heinrich (Henry) T. Mordhorst was born in 1864 to Heinrich and Louise Mordhorst in Rostock, Germany. The family immigrated to the U.S. in 1881, settling first in Pomeroy, Ohio, then later in New Braunfels. Learning the . . . Map (db m210022) HM
40Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 4632 — Hermann Seele(April 14, 1823 - March 18, 1902)
A native of Hildesheim, Hanover, Germany, Hermann Seele came to Texas in 1843. He became the fist school teacher in New Braunfels on Aug. 11, 1845, when he held class for 15 pupils beneath elm trees at the foot of this hill. Selle helped organize . . . Map (db m130133) HM
41Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 14917 — Hinmann House
This home’s architecture reflects the German influence of many of the area’s early structures. Heinrich Hinmann purchased the property in July 1855, and he and his wife Therese (Sickold) raised ten children here. The home dates from circa 1868 and . . . Map (db m111251) HM
42Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 3089 — Home of Ferdinand Lindheimer
Soldier in the Texas Revolution · Father of Texas botany · Editor of the New Braunfelser Zeitung, 1852-1872 Erected by the State of Texas 1936 Additional marker New Braunfels German Heritage Center of Texas recognizes this property Site of . . . Map (db m156494) HM
43Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 13661 — International & Great Northern Railroad in New Braunfels
As early as 1875, New Braunfels residents began petitioning rail companies to bring lines into the community. The town's first major proposal, to the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad, failed to achieve the goal. By the end of the . . . Map (db m130119) HM
44Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — It All Began Here
The sounds of music and singing have played an important role in the rich German heritage of early New Braunfels. Settlers sang the music they brought from German speaking areas in Europe. The music ranged from folk to religious, to compositions by . . . Map (db m210310) HM
45Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 2764 — Johann Michael Jahn
Johann Michael Jahn (1816-1883) came to New Braunfels in 1845 as a colonist with the German Emigration Company. He married Anna Klein Bellmer in 1850. A "Tischlermeister" or master craftsman, Jahn established a business making fine hand-crafted . . . Map (db m150980) HM
46Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 16021 — Landa Park
​Joseph Landa purchased the land that now encompasses this park in 1859. The Comal Springs, the largest group of springs in the American Southwest, are the focus of the park. Landa used the Comal River to power gristmills, cotton and woolen . . . Map (db m156485) HM
47Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 3136 — Louis Henne Co.
Victorian embellishments distinguish this structure, built 1893 by noted local contractor Christian Herry. Owner Louis Henne (1840-1912) worked in the family tin shop next door, expanded to this site. Third generation now conducts this . . . Map (db m130131) HM
48Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 13018 — Main Plaza Bandstand
Following a petition by local residents, the City of New Braunfels built its Main Plaza Bandstand in 1905. Neo-classical in design, it originally served as a stage for summer evening concerts by the Waldschmidt Fire Department Band. In 1926, with . . . Map (db m130114) HM
49Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — Mayors' Monarch Pledge
New Braunfels Takes the Pledge Mayors and other heads of local and tribal government are taking action to help save the monarch butterfly, an iconic species whose eastern populations have declined by 90% and western populations by 99% in . . . Map (db m211930) HM
50Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 17085 — Meriwether Milling
In 1847, William Hunter Meriwether, a native Virginian and plantation owner, purchased 480 acres of land in the Comal Springs area from Maria Antonio de Veramendi Garza and her husband, Rafael C. Garza, and 200 acres from the German Emigration and . . . Map (db m210371) HM
51Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 18357 — Mill Street Telegraph Station
What began as smoke signals from hill to hill evolved into lines on poles. The telegraph was introduced in the United States in the mid-1800s and many cities in Texas began constructing lines and stations. New Braunfels opened its first telegraph . . . Map (db m210379) HM
52Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 3552 — Natural Bridge Caverns
Discovered March 27, 1960, by four students of St. Mary's University, San Antonio. Named for the rock bridge that marks entrance. Dedicated on August 5, 1964 by Governor John Connally. Of Early Cretaceous age; still forming. Site of artifacts . . . Map (db m156444) HM
53Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 3561 — Near River Crossing Used by New Braunfels' First Settlers
At the crossing of the San Antonio-Nacogdoches Road on the Guadalupe River (used earlier by some of Texas' most famous trail-blazers) about 200 German colonists ended a journey that had begun six months before in Europe. Here, on Good Friday, 1845, . . . Map (db m150968) HM
54Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 3573 — New Braunfels
Founded on March 21, 1845 by Carl, Prince of Solms-Braunfels, Commissioner-General of the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas. Named after Prince Solms' estate, Braunfels, on the Lahn River in Germany. Its permanence was assured . . . Map (db m117665) HM
55Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 3574 — New BraunfelsCounty Seat of Comal County
Early inhabitants of this area included Karankawa, Lipan, Tonkawa and Waco Indians. Between 1844 and 1846, the Verein Zum Schutze Deutscher Einwanderer in Texas (Society for the protection of German immigrants in Texas) sent more than . . . Map (db m111232) HM
56Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 3575 — New Braunfels
Founded in Republic of Texas, 1845, by Prince Karl of Solms-Braunfels. Focal point of German immigration to central and western Texas. Sent men, goods to Confederacy, in Civil War. Historic, recreational, tourist center. Site of Landa . . . Map (db m174740) HM
57Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 18923 — New Braunfels 1918 Fire Station
In February 1871, Rudolph Wipprecht of the New Braunfels Turnverein (Gymnastic Society) proposed a resolution to organize a fire brigade. Fighting fires remained difficult, however, until June of 1886 with the establishment of water mains, twenty . . . Map (db m130696) HM
58Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 22737 — New Braunfels Gemischter Chor Harmonie
German immigrants to Texas embraced their traditional culture of music, art, societies and clubs. On March 2, 1850, the singing society "Germania" was organized in New Braunfels under direction of Gottfried Joseph Petmecky (1809-1871). The group . . . Map (db m210311) HM
59Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 13667 — New Braunfels Schuetzen Verein
The New Braunfels Schuetzen Verein organized in 1849 as one of the nation's early shooting clubs. German immigrants founded the town only four years earlier in 1845 and brought the tradition of target shooting to America from their homeland. The . . . Map (db m174645) HM
60Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 18076 — New Braunfels Woolen MillComal Steam Laundry
German immigrants August Tolle and Dr. Theodor Koester purchased lots 271 and 272 in 1864 and built a large two-story building 100 feet long and 60 feet wide using hewn trunks of cedar. The building was built as a brandy distillery and to . . . Map (db m172616) HM
61Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — Notable People & PlotsComal Cemetery
1. Fritz Hartwig Fritz Hartwig is the first recorded burial in Comal Cemetery. 2. Hermann Seele Hermann Seele was born in Hannover, Germany in 1823. He traveled to Galveston twenty years later in 1843 and was recruited by Prince Carl . . . Map (db m213137) HM
62Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 2286 — Old Carl W. Groos Home
Built about 1870 of adobe brick with cypress floor, doors. Has original rolled glass windows, ruby glass in front door. It has been the residence of banker Carl W. Gross; Judge Adolf Giesesck; merchant Fritz Scholl; and H. Dittlinger, flour . . . Map (db m172620) HM
63Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 3757 — Old Krause Building
Built about 1860 by master carpenter Friedrich Krause of hand-cut native cedar, cypress, limestone, and adobe brick. Once Weber & Deutsch store, Hoffmann Opera House,and drill hall for Clemen's Rifles of Texas Militia. Recorded Texas Historic . . . Map (db m150973) HM
64Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 3578 — Old New Braunfels High School
Built in 1913 to replace the old New Braunfels Academy, this building was designed by San Antonio architects C.V. Seutter and Alister Shand, and built by local contractor Adolph F. Moeller. It served as an educational facility for over fifty years. . . . Map (db m195531) HM
65Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 3808 — Old Scholl House
Fachwerk (adobe brick and hewn cedar) section was built about 1847 by Heinrich Scholl, Jr. The newer part is Victorian. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1967Map (db m172617) HM
66Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 13810 — Plumeyer Bakery Building
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this site was home to two drugstores and a bakery. In 1913, Kathinka Clemens constructed this building to serve as a bakery for A.C. and Helen Plumeyer, who used the second floor as a residence. Known also . . . Map (db m130130) HM
67Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — Prehistoric Life at Comal Springs
Ever wonder what it was like to live here thousands of years ago? This drawing shows what a Native American campsite at Comal Springs might have looked like some 2,000 to 5,000 years ago. Digging at Comal Springs and elsewhere in central Texas, . . . Map (db m211855) HM
68Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 17728 — Riley's Tavern
Rileys Tavern, Hunter's oldest business, is housed in a circa 1895 building that was the Galloway Saloon and later home to the Bernardino Sanchez family. In 1933, Texas was the 23rd state to vote for the repeal of Prohibition. Shortly thereafter, . . . Map (db m150961) HM
69Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 2779 — Site of an Early Mill and Factory
Established in 1850 by John F. Torrey 1821••1893 Pioneer promoter of Texas industry • He operated a flour, grist and saw mill, a sash, door and blind factory (1850), a cotton factory (1863) and the first woolen factory in Texas • with . . . Map (db m210383) HM
70Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 4840 — Site of New Braunfels Academy
The first tax-supported Texas school still existent. By act of the State Legislature (where it was called "a great question of law and public policy") the academy was incorporated in 1858 - 18 years before the 1876 Texas Constitution provided for . . . Map (db m195532) HM
71Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 4842 — Site of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe MissionOur Lady of Guadalupe Mission
Established in 1756 on the Guadalupe River at or near present New Braunfels as an extension of the ill-fated Mission San Francisco Xavier de Horcasitas (1746-1755). Earlier located 100 miles northeast, San Francisco Xavier had been shaken by . . . Map (db m210305) HM
72Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 4859 — Site of Old Schmitz Hotel
First portion - of local cedar and limestone - was built about 1851 by Rudolph Nauendorf. Early German immigrant Jacob Schmitz bought building in 1858 as new location of his "Guadalupe Hotel." Old World atmosphere of the inn-stagestand was . . . Map (db m130115) HM
73Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 18075 — Slumber Falls
Located on the Guadalupe River Road four miles northwest of the city of New Braunfels, this area has been a popular swimming and picnicking site since the late 1800s. In the 1930s, Harry Landa sold 20 acres in the Veramendi Survey to W.V. & Francis . . . Map (db m210868) HM
74Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 18599 — Sophienburg Hill
During the Republic of Texas period, Europeans became interested in colonizing Texas. In the 1840s, a group of German noblemen formed the Adelsverein or the Society for the Protection of German Immigration in Texas. Prince Carl of . . . Map (db m130120) HM
75Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — Spaß und Gemütlichkeit(Fun and Fellowship)
The traditions of spaß (fun) and gemütlichkeit (fellowship) came with the German immigrants to the Texas frontier in 1845. From the time of their arrival, settlers had to rely on their own skills and ingenuity to provide the necessities of . . . Map (db m111255) HM
76Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 5105 — Stephen Klein Home
Built 1846 by Stephen Klein, one of first Comal County Commissioners; "fachwerk" construction. Purchased by Edward Naegelin, Sr. in 1868. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1967Map (db m172621) HM
77Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 5258 — Texas Germans in the Civil War
​In 1861, ten heavily German counties in Texas voted against secession, though Comal County was an exception. States' rights puzzled some voters. Many had lately taken naturalization oaths. After secession, some avoided military duty from . . . Map (db m156496) HM
78Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 5306 — The Church of Saints Peter and Paul
German Catholic colonists, who came to New Braunfels in 1845, obtained their promised church and school site (1847) when Bishop John M. Odin was deeded four lots here on "Lustiger Strumpf" (Happy Stocking) Hill - so called from its shape. A log . . . Map (db m210375) HM
79Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 1404 — The Eggeling Hotel
Emilie (Kuse) (1854-1930) and Theodor Eggeling (1851-1916), who owned the nearby Plaza Hotel built this second establishment in 1898- 1900. New Braunfels contractor Christian Herry supervised the construction of the galleried building. Later renamed . . . Map (db m210381) HM
80Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 1577 — The Faust Hotel
First known as the Travelers Hotel, this inn was completed in 1929 with 63 guest rooms and reflected the thriving economy of the New Braunfels area at the time. Renamed "The Faust" in 1936 for the prominent family on whose homesite it was built, the . . . Map (db m172619) HM
81Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 5348 — The GrottoSaints Peter and Paul Catholic Church
A major influenza epidemic spread across the United States in 1918 causing many deaths. Under the leadership of Father J.M.J. Wack (d. 1927), who served Saints Peter and Paul Church for 38 years, members constructed this grotto to commemorate an end . . . Map (db m210374) HM
82Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 13161 — The Hofheinz House
German native Frederick Hofheinz came to the New Braunfels area with his family in 1852. He later settled in Kendall County and wed Emilie Wilke. He served as Grand Lodge President of the Texas Sons of Hermann and ran for Texas lieutenant governor . . . Map (db m195549) HM
83Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 5386 — The New Braunfels Academy
The first German settlers here in the 1840s were assured by their sponsor - The Society for the Protection of German Immigrants to Texas - that schools would be provided in their colony. The society hired its first teacher in 1845, and classes began . . . Map (db m195530) HM
84Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 3576 — The New Braunfels Cemetery
Dedicated at the burial of Mrs. Elise Peter, on June 23,1845, a few months after New Braunfels was founded. This cemetery gave rest to many colonists in early years of hardships that besieged the German Emigration Company. Gerlach Peter, husband of . . . Map (db m151030) HM
85Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — The Old San Antonio RoadEl Camino Real
The Old San Antonio Road, popularly known as El Camino Real, is one of the state's oldest and most significant of the trans-Texas routes and most famous of the early historic trails. Camino Real (royal road), variously known . . . Map (db m211947) HM
86Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — This Monument Marks the Location
Where in 1863 Capt. Wm. Seekatz, one of the founders and oldest settlers and later captain of the first Boy Scout Troop of New Braunfels, Texas Ed. Braden, Joe Ney, Jack Marshall and Ed. Dreiss associates manufactured saltpetre from guano . . . Map (db m211940) HM
87Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 17815 — Walzem Chapel
Located in the Mission Valley settlement, Walzem Chapel was built to serve Catholics in this once remote area. In the mid-1800s, German immigrants came to Texas under the auspices of the Adelsverein in search of freedom and economic opportunity. . . . Map (db m210870) HM
88Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — Welcome to the Comal Cemetery
The Comal Cemetery dates back to 1868, when John F. Torrey donated a portion of his land to be designated as a public graveyard. Over the years, the Comal Cemetery has been enlarged to almost 25 acres and currently contains more than 12,500 . . . Map (db m213112) HM
89Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 18580 — West End Park and Dance Hall
Following his service in World War II, Felipe Delgado and his wife, Elisa Saenz Delgado, purchased a lot in 1947 in the West End Subdivision #2, determined to create an entertainment center for the Hispanic community. Felipe worked various jobs . . . Map (db m151021) HM
90Texas, Comal County, New Braunfels — 18682 — Wurstfest
An annual "Salute to Sausage" celebration, Wurstfest is held every fall on the Wurstfest grounds adjacent to Landa Park. The notion of a sausage festival was conceived in 1961 by Dr. E.A. Grist, veterinarian and city meat inspector in New Braunfels. . . . Map (db m210826) HM
91Texas, Comal County, Sattler — 8825 — German Pioneers in Texas
In this area, now covered by Canyon Lake, German emigrants were the first settlers. A society of nobles (Mainzer Adelsverein) sponsored the emigration of 7,380 Germans to Texas from 1844 to 1847. They founded New Braunfels in 1845. Moving . . . Map (db m208689) HM
92Texas, Comal County, Sattler — 12973 — Original Site of Mountain Valley School
The original Mountain Valley School was located at this site for 83 years. In 1874, Carl and Matilda Marschall sold one acre to Fritz Krause, Fritz Pantermuehl and Joachim Pantermuehl for use as a school. The nearby Jacobs Creek School joined the . . . Map (db m208688) HM
93Texas, Comal County, Sattler — 12763 — Sattler
German immigrants were the first to colonize permanently this area along the Guadalupe River in the 1850s. The dispersed rural community was known at times as Marienthal, Walhalla and Mountain Valley, with the name Sattler assigned when the post . . . Map (db m208686) HM
94Texas, Comal County, Schertz — 17149 — Comal Community
In the mid-19th century, several German families left nearby New Braunfels and established farms in what would become the village of Comal, Texas. At varying times, Comal has been known as “Wenzel” for one of these founding families, and . . . Map (db m151008) HM
95Texas, Comal County, Schertz — Saint Joseph CemeterySchertz Historic Site
This cemetery has been recorded as a historic Texas cemetery by the Texas Historical Commission. Its origins are traced to the burial of Peter Ignazwenzel on February 2, 1884. Ignaz was a German immigrant who was among the first founders of New . . . Map (db m195521) HM
96Texas, Comal County, Schertz — Schertz Historic SiteSt. Joseph's Chapel
The original Catholic settlers of Comal Village longed for their own place of worship and school. Peter Ignatz Wenzel donated 3 acres of land for the construction of a school and a chapel. A one room school was built in December 1868 and an expanded . . . Map (db m113847) HM
97Texas, Comal County, Schertz — Schertz Historic SiteThe Post Road
The stone below, dated 1915, represents a portion of the headwall element of one of several culverts constructed in 1915 for water displacement from the Dry Comal Creek as it passes along Comal Settlement. These culverts formed a part of the Post . . . Map (db m151012) HM
98Texas, Comal County, Spring Branch — 12772 — Adam Becker Homestead
German native Adam Becker (1815-1901) journeyed to Texas in 1845 to join Prince Carl Solms-Braunfels in establishing a colony on behalf of the Adelsverein, also known as the German Emigration Company. Becker contributed to the building of . . . Map (db m208673) HM
99Texas, Comal County, Spring Branch — 17227 — Esser's Crossing at Wesson
In the mid-1800s, a wagon trail called Fredericksburg Road ran 19 miles northwest of New Braunfels to one of the first safe Guadalupe River road crossings. Esser's Crossing at Spring Branch served almost one hundred fifty years as a place designated . . . Map (db m208679) HM
100Texas, Comal County, Spring Branch — 18910 — Herman and Ada Knibbe House
In 1910, Herman Knibbe (1884-1954), grandson of the first settler of Spring Branch, German immigrant Dietrich Knibbe (1817-1896), built this house with his wife, Ada (Ohlrich) Knibbe (1889-1980). The house was one of three residences on the same . . . Map (db m208675) HM

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