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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Kendall County, Texas

Clickable Map of Kendall 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> Kendall County, TX (86) Bandera County, TX (51) Bexar County, TX (550) Blanco County, TX (32) Comal County, TX (111) Gillespie County, TX (242) Kerr County, TX (88)  KendallCounty(86) Kendall County (86)  BanderaCounty(51) Bandera County (51)  BexarCounty(550) Bexar County (550)  BlancoCounty(32) Blanco County (32)  ComalCounty(111) Comal County (111)  GillespieCounty(242) Gillespie County (242)  KerrCounty(88) Kerr County (88)
Boerne is the county seat for Kendall County
Adjacent to Kendall County, Texas
      Bandera County (51)  
      Bexar County (550)  
      Blanco County (32)  
      Comal County (111)  
      Gillespie County (242)  
      Kerr County (88)  
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1 Texas, Kendall County, Bankersmith — 5568 — Tunnel of the Fredericksburg & Northern Railway
In 1913 area residents raised money to build a railroad linking Fredricksburg to San Antonio. The 920-foot tunnel beneath this hill increased the cost by $134,000 and required five months of hard labor. It opened a faster trade route for area . . . Map (db m25031) HM
2 Texas, Kendall County, Bergheim — 5329 — The Engel Store
A native of Austria, Andreas Engel (b.1864) migrated to Texas in 1885. In 1900 he purchased land here and built a cotton gin, around which an agricultural community developed. When the area post office was moved here in 1901 and Engel became . . . Map (db m174637) HM
3 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 17654 — Adolph Toepperwein
In the 1880s, elements of the Old West were fading and became romanticized through Wild West shows. These promotions created opportunities for those with skills, including sharp-shooters. Adolph (Ad) Toepperwein was born in Boerne on October 16, . . . Map (db m172076) HM
4 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 383 — Beseler House
Civic leader and Boerne businessman Maximilian Beseler (1866-1939) had this stone Victorian cottage built for his parents, Charles and Minna Beseler, in 1903. A native of Prussia, Charles Beseler came to Texas in 1848 and served for many years as a . . . Map (db m212880) HM
5 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — BoerneKendall County, Texas — Founded 1852 —
A treasure found in the magnificent Texas Hill Country, Boeme (pronounced "Bernie") originally was settled over 150 years ago by German Immigrants who first entered this land near the cool waters of Cibolo Creek. The town was plotted in 1852 by . . . Map (db m212520) HM
6 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 445 — Boerne Cemetery
​ When Adam Vogt (1822-1882) deeded land for this cemetery to the city in 1867, there were already some graves present. The earliest documented burial, that of Anton Peter Loth, dates to 1862. In the older sections of the cemetery are graves . . . Map (db m155737) HM
7 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 17334 — Boerne Chapter No. 200 - O.E.S.
The foundations of the Order of the Eastern Star began in the 1840s and, by 1867, developed into a system of local chapters. Eastern Star is dedicated to the principles of truth, charity, and loving kindness. Organized in June 1910, the Boerne . . . Map (db m171993) HM
8 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 23222 — Camino Real de San Saba (Camino Viejo) in Kendall County
Beginning in the 1700s, the Camino Real de San Saba extended northwest from San Antonio through the Comanche and Apache - dominated Hill Country to the Spanish Fort on the San Saba River named Presidio San Luis de las Amarillas. A portion of the . . . Map (db m212877) HM
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9 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 749 — Cascade Cavern
Probably formed during the Pleistocene epoch by the underground passage of the Cibolo River, Cascade Cavern presents an interesting mix of geological, archeological,and historical features. It exhibits a combination of the joint and the dip and . . . Map (db m46924) HM
10 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 17655 — Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig von Herff
In the 1850s, a few courageous and well-trained European doctors responded to the health needs of the citizens of San Antonio. For more than fifty years, Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig von Herff worked tirelessly to provide leadership and medical knowledge . . . Map (db m208512) HM
11 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 1337 — Early Boerne Schoolhouses
The origins of public schools in Boerne date to 1873, when the Boerne Gesangenverein donated land on which to erect a schoolhouse. A two-room stone building was completed in 1874 and served children in all grades. A small frame building was added to . . . Map (db m128111) HM
12 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 1546 — Fabra Smokehouse
A native of Germany, Julius Fabra (1827-1910) migrated to this area in 1854. After working as a freight hauler, he opened a meat market to serve the local farms. His son Ludwig (1858-1929) joined the business at the age of eighteen and constructed . . . Map (db m171950) HM
13 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 2169 — George Wilkins Kendall(August 22, 1809 - October 21, 1867)
A native of New Hampshire, George Wilkins Kendall was a journalist by profession. He was co-founder of the New Orleans "Picayune" newspaper in 1837. Kendall later wrote books chronicling his experiences with the 1841 Texan Santa Fe Expedition and . . . Map (db m171934) HM
14 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 2175 — German Music in Boerne
German music professor Karl Dienger, who immigrated to Boerne in 1855, organized a singing club (gesang verein) and band in Boerne in 1860. Dienger's music group consisted of musicians from throughout the area and was commonly known as the Boerne . . . Map (db m155744) HM
15 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 2449 — Henry J. Graham Building
Constructed on Main Street in the late nineteenth century, this building first served as an office for the real estate, insurance, and private banking interests of Henry J. Graham (1854-1936). Born in Brazil, Graham came to Boerne in the 1870s. He . . . Map (db m171963) HM
16 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 2544 — Homesite of Albert Paul Kutzer
A native of Kendall County, Albert Paul Kutzer (1871-1925) was the eldest son of German immigrants Reinhold and Pauline (Holzinger) Kutzer. A merchant and gin operator, he became one of Boerne's leading businessman. He also served as mayor from . . . Map (db m172049) HM
17 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 2726 — James House
This two-story limestone house is believed to have been built about 1880 by Ives Brown for Ichabod and Alice Kingsbury. In 1925 it was purchased by Maria (Williams) James (1859-1940), daughter-in-law of John James, the pioneer surveyor and early . . . Map (db m212870) HM
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18 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 2857 — Joseph Dienger Building
This limestone commercial structure was built for Joseph Dienger (1859-1950) shortly after he purchased the site in 1884. The ground floor housed his grocery and the second floor provided living quarters for his family. A later addition was used . . . Map (db m171948) HM
19 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 2920 — Kendall County
Created January 10, 1862 Organized February 18, 1862 Named in honor of George Wilkins Kendall 1809-1867 Poet, journalist, author and farmer One of the founders of the New Orleans Picayune Member of the Santa Fe Expedition . . . Map (db m111220) HM
20 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 2921 — Kendall County Courthouse
First and only courthouse in county. Erected 1869-1870, seven years after county organization. Many locally prominent men were associated with the structure. The first county judge, Joseph Graham, was appointed U.S. Consul to Argentina. The . . . Map (db m111219) HM
21 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 15599 — Kendall Masonic Lodge No. 897
Efforts to form a Masonic lodge in Boerne began in 1904. On December 7, 1905, the Grande Lodge of Texas granted a charter to Kendall Lodge No. 897, and A.J. Woods, L.W. King, Sr. and U.A. Shirar, Jr. served as the first principal officers. A fire . . . Map (db m171995) HM
22 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 2977 — Kuhlmann-King House
This structure was built in the late 1880s as a residence for German native William Kuhlmann (1856-1918), a successful pharmacist and landholder. He sold the home in 1908 to Selina Long King (1831-1910), whose sons . . . Map (db m128114) HM
23 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — Lott Lines
Colonel Uriah Lott, born 1842 in Albany, New York, departed the summer of 1866 aboard the Illinois Central for a three and one-half day trip to New Orleans. From there Col. Lott boarded a United States Mail Steamship owned and operated by the . . . Map (db m173883) HM
24 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — Main Plaza
THE HEART OF BOERNE Main Plaza was the lifeblood of the town, similar to plazas in German towns. John Edward Vogt recalls the importance of the plaza during his childhood in the 1930s. It was a favorite place for the schoolchildren to . . . Map (db m172096) HM
25 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 3595 — Nicolaus Zink
In 1844, Bavarian-born civil engineer Nicolaus Zink (1812-1887) was selected to lead a group of German immigrants overseas to establish settlements on a Texas land grant. This colonization effort was headed by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels and . . . Map (db m188518) HM
26 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 17601 — Pinta Trail in Kendall County
The Pinta Trail (Camino Pinta) was a natural pathway through the Hill Country, utilized by Native Americans and later linking to Spanish settlements to the southeast. The path extended about 180 miles northwest from San Antonio to the 1750s . . . Map (db m208671) HM
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27 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — SA and APSan Antonio to Boerne
SAN ANTONIO - M.P. 238 The SA&AP wood frame passenger depot was located at the corner of Aransas Street, later changed to S. Alamo Street. and S. Flores Street. During its operation the ground floor provided passenger services including . . . Map (db m174167) HM
28 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — San Antonio Railroads
The rapid advancement of settlement west of the Mississippi River began in the 1860's, the first trans-continental railroad was completed when the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads joined rails in Utah at a place called Promontory Point. . . . Map (db m172321) HM
29 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — San Antonio, Fredericksburg & Northern Railroad Company (SAF&N)Fredericksburg & Northern Railroad Company (F&N)
As early as 1874 there were attempts to lay ribbons of rail from San Antonio to Fredericksburg. San Antonio businessmen chartered The San Antonio and Fredericksburg Narrow Gauge Railway Company to accomplish this task, but failed. Several other . . . Map (db m173905) HM
30 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 4440 — St. Helena's Episcopal Church
The first Episcopal worship service in Kendall County was held in the Old Kuhfuss Hall in Boerne in 1873. St. Helena's congregation was organized by Bishop R. W. B. Elliott in 1881, and a small wooden church structure was erected on this site. By . . . Map (db m128110) HM
31 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 4484 — St. Peter's Catholic Church
In 1866 Bishop Claude M. Dubuis of Galveston sent a young French immigrant, Emil L. J. R. Fleury, to organize a congregation and build a church to serve Boerne and the outlying towns and army posts. This stone structure was completed in 1867. . . . Map (db m128115) HM
32 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 12546 — Staffel Family and the Staffel Store
German immigrant August Staffel arrived in Texas in 1852 and in due course made his way to Boerne, where he purchased property at this site in 1854. When Boerne was granted a postal station in 1856, Staffel served as first postmaster and housed . . . Map (db m171954) HM
33 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — Transportation Timeline
1870's 1875 March 10. The San Antonio and Fredericksburg Narrow Gauge Railway Company is chartered. 1877 February. The arrival of the first steam train into San Antonio on tracks laid by the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio . . . Map (db m172812) HM
34 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — US Air Force Captain Mark "Tyler" VossDecember 16, 1985 - May 3, 2013
Capt Tyler Voss graduated from Boerne High School in 2004 and received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, fulfilling a childhood dream. He graduated from the Academy in 2008 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and was . . . Map (db m173920) HM WM
35 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — US Army Private First Class Milton A. LeeFebruary 26, 1949 - April 26, 1968
Although he was not a resident of Kendall County, Lee, who was abandoned by his parents at a young age, spent countless evenings, weekends, and summers in Kendall County with his best friend, Charles Nelson. Nelson's mother, Charlene Lori Ives . . . Map (db m173916) HM WM
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36 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — US Army Spc. James M. KiehlDecember 22, 1980 - March 23, 2003
After graduating from Comfort High School in 2000, James Kiehl enlisted in the US Army. James Kiehl attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and then transferred to Fort Gordon, Georgia for computer training. Graduating 3rd . . . Map (db m173919) HM WM
37 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — Veterans Plaza Korean War Memorial
Korean War Gordon D. Leesch Bertrum D. WilkinsMap (db m174118) WM
38 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — Veterans Plaza Vietnam War Memorial
Vietnam War By the Grace of God All Our Kendall County Men Returned Home May They Live in Peace and Serenity With Pride Honor and DignityMap (db m174120) WM
39 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — Veterans Plaza World War I Memorial
USA Lest They Be Forgotten This Monument Is Erected as a Memorial by the Graham Family of Boerne Texas In Memory of the Following Named Men From Kendall County Who Died in the Military and Naval Service of the United States During . . . Map (db m174123) WM
40 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — Veterans Plaza World War II Memorial
World War II Calvin U. Behr Sam Cole Otto E. Eichholz Pasqual Guerrero Johnny Menchaca Aaron Roeder Allen Roeder Louis H. Strube Hilmer ZoellerMap (db m174121) WM
41 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — Vogt-Schoch House and Robert E. Lee House
Vogt-Schoch House Mr. J.G. O'Grady built the Kendall House as an inn and stagecoach stop in the 1850s. It was later replaced with the Vogt-Schoch House. He was a colorful character and leader in settling the area. He originally came from . . . Map (db m212519) HM
42 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 18072 — W.G. Hughes
The community of Hastings was established in the late 19th century with the settlement of immigrants from England coming to farm and ranch in Texas. William George (Willy) Hughes moved from Kensington, London, to Texas in 1878 at age 19 to learn . . . Map (db m163344) HM
43 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 16468 — Weyrich Building
Charles (Carl) Weyrich bought this lot in 1877, shortly after relocating from Gillespie County. Weyrich established himself as a tinsmith and married Sophia Beyer in 1878, commissioning this building around the same time. Weyrich’s business . . . Map (db m172053) HM
44 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — Ye Kendall Inn
WHY BUILD HERE? Erastus and Sarah Reed built the central core of the hotel, which is slightly offset from the two wings, in 1859 as a hotel called the "Reed House." Its location between Fredericksburg and San Antonio made it a key . . . Map (db m172097) HM
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45 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 5925 — Ye Kendall Inn
The center section of this vernacular Greek Revival structure was built in 1859 as a home for Erastus and Sarah Reed, who had come to Boerne from Georgia. Under later occupants, the home often served as lodging for those traveling through the . . . Map (db m171943) HM
46 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — 15 — Treue Der Union Monument("Loyalty to the Union")
[Panel 1:] This German language monument, erected 1866, honors the memory of 68 men (mostly Germans) from this region who were loyal to the Union during the Civil War. Trying desperately to reach U.S. Federal troops by way of Mexico, about . . . Map (db m34985) HM
47 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — 29 — 1907 Comfort State Bank Building
Constructed in 1907 for Alex Brinkmann, this building housed the Comfort State Bank until 1960. Local stonemason Richard Doebbler is credited with the hand-cut stone craftsmanship of the structure. The Comfort Public Library was located here from . . . Map (db m155855) HM
48 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — A Recovering Prairie
Before Europeans settled here in the mid 1800s, a variety of trees probably grew in this area. Some, such as pecan, escarpment black cherry, live oak, and cedar elm, still exist in the park today. Shrubs probably grew among the trees, and grasses . . . Map (db m188462) HM
49 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — 15777 — Apelt Armadillo Farm
In the late 1890s, Charles Apelt (1862-1944) opened a unique commercial enterprise at this site. Apelt, a German immigrant, came to Comfort in 1887 and worked as a farmer. Here he encountered the armadillo, an animal native to the Americas, and . . . Map (db m111283) HM
50 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — Army Spc. James M. Kiehl Memorial
This monument is placed in honor of Army Spc. James M. Kiehl and of the men and women of Kendall County who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. We salute you and thank you. May this stand . . . Map (db m188455) WM
51 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — 208 — Arno Schwethelm Building
​Prominent local merchant Arno Schwethelm had this building constructed in 1916 to house his mercantile business, a leading Hill Country establishment. designed by L. Harrington of San Antonio and built by stonemason Otto Bartel, it combines . . . Map (db m155894) HM
52 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — 237 — August Faltin Building
Prussian native Friedrich August Faltin (1830-1905) moved to Comfort in 1856 and purchased the general merchandise business of Theodor Goldbeck, located at this site.Trained in his father's store, which had been established about 1818 in Danzig, . . . Map (db m157195) HM
53 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — Battle and Massacre at Nueces River
150th Anniversary Civil War Battle & Massacre at Nueces River 1862 August 10th 2012Map (db m163975) WM
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54 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — 14411 — Brownsboro Cemetery
This cemetery served the community of Brownsboro, which was originally settled by shinglemakers. Later, farmers and then railroad workers resided here. Thomas and Sarah Manning donated land for a burial ground and church in 1870; Levi and Sarah . . . Map (db m188506) HM
55 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — Brownsboro Community
From 1821 to 1836, when Texas was a Mexican state, impresario land grants to Texas included territory between the Colorado River and the Guadalupe River. When Texas became a republic, Texas citizens claimed their land grants, and José Antonio de la . . . Map (db m188452) HM
56 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — Brownsboro Methodist Episcopal Church1870-1900
Early settler and Confederate veteran Thomas Manning (1826-1898) deeded an acre here for a Methodist church in 1870. The measurements designated "a rock about 20 varas [55 feet] northwest of where the church stands" as the beginning of the metes and . . . Map (db m188507) HM
57 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — 998 — Comfort Community Church
Dedicated in 1892, this Gothic revival building first served the Deutsche Evangelische Gemeinde (German Evangelical Congregation), founded the previous year by the Rev. Frederick Bauer. The bell tower was added about 1898. For over 50 years, the . . . Map (db m111298) HM
58 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — 999 — Comfort Community Theatre
The need for a permanent civic center led Comfort business leaders to form a corporation to raise funds for its construction. Designed by Fredericksburg architect Hans Christiansen, the Comfort Community Theatre opened in 1930, providing the town . . . Map (db m212513) HM
59 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — 1000 — Comfort Post Office
From 1856, when Comfort's postal station was established, until this building was constructed in 1910, the town's post office was housed in various mercantile stores. In 1910, while Hermann Ingenhuett was serving as postmaster, this building was . . . Map (db m155792) HM
60 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — 17739 — Comfort School
Comfort was founded by a group of German immigrants in 1854. By 1856, there were enough children in the area to warrant a public school and a one-room log cabin was built on Michael Lindner’s lot no. 258 with some classes held in homes. The . . . Map (db m111290) HM
61 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — Dedication of Monument to German PatriotsAugust 10, 1866 — Treue Der Union Monument —
This Comfort town lot was purchased by Eduard Degener, Eduard Steves, and William Heuermann from John Vles of New Orleans, through his attorney Ernst Altgelt. The price was $20.00 and the date was 19 August 1865, the day before the mass burial. The . . . Map (db m163972) HM
62 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — Ernst Hermann Altgelt1832 - 1878
Founder of Comfort Texas, with a group of seven men in his surveying party, Altgelt officially proclaimed the founding date of Comfort as September 3rd, 1854. This public park and another town-square, the site of Altgelt Field, were donated to the . . . Map (db m157198) HM
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63 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — 11673 — FreidenkerNineteen Century Freethinkers
From 1845 to 1861, a number of German Freidenker ("Freethinkers") immigrated to the Texas Hill Country. Freethinkers were German intellectuals who advocated reason and democracy over religious and political authoritarianism. Many had participated . . . Map (db m157298) HM
64 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — Funeral of German Patriots at Comfort, TexasAugust 20,1865 — Treue Der Union Monument —
The procession of three hundred people, headed by the fathers of four of the victims, old men of sixty and seventy years, preceded the funeral car drawn by four white horses. Under the Union banner lay the remains. A detachment of Federal troops . . . Map (db m163973) HM
65 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — 12756 — Hermann and Antoine Ingenhuett Homestead
​This site was the homestead of Herman (1870-1944) and Antoine (1873-1941) Ingenhuett from their marriage in 1895 until their deaths and remained in the family until the end of the 20th century. Hermann acquired the Ingenhuett livery stable . . . Map (db m155849) HM
66 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — History of the Kendall County Park System
Representatives of Cibolo Nature Center, The Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy in Texas, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and the Land Trust Alliance first met with Kendall County Commissioner's Court in the spring of 2003 to propose . . . Map (db m188450) HM
67 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — History of the Railroad
Early trails in the Hill Country were game trails that were traveled by prehistoric Americans, American Indians, Spanish explorers, cowboys, military troops, and then European settlers. To the east, near Sisterdale, was the ancient and well traveled . . . Map (db m188453) HM
68 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — 2608 — Hygieostatic Bat Roost
This shingle style structure was built in 1918 to attract and house bats in an effort to eradicate mosquitoes and thereby reduce the spread of malaria. It was designed for Albert Steves, Sr., a former mayor of San Antonio, by Dr. Charles A.R. . . . Map (db m183069) HM
69 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — 2646 — Ingenhuett-Faust Hotel
The older section of this hotel, with jig-cut brackets and balustrade, was built in 1880. Additional facilities were constructed in 1894, seven years after the coming of the railroad to Comfort. Both sections of the inn were designed by Alfred . . . Map (db m155796) HM
70 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — 15937 — Ingenhuett-Karger Saloon
San Antonio architect Alfred Giles designed this building for German-born businessman Peter Ingenhuett in 1891. The building was first used a a saloon, originally operated by Ingenhuett's son, Hubert, and later by Ernest Kager. During and after . . . Map (db m155793) HM
71 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — James Kiehl River Bend Park
James Kiehl, son of Randy Kiehl and Carol Howland, was born December 22, 1980, in Bethesda, Maryland. The family moved to California that year. When he was 12-years-old, James moved to Comfort to live with his dad and stepmother, Jane. During . . . Map (db m188456) HM WM
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72 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — 15396 — Karger Building
Ernst Karger (1861-1922), who owned and operated a saloon on the adjoining property, had this building constructed in 1913. Fritz Anderwald’s pool hall was first to occupy the building, and several other businesses have been located here over the . . . Map (db m155794) HM
73 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — 3356 — Meyer Hotel Complex
German native Friedrich Christian Meyer (1828-89) came to Comfort in 1862. A wheelwright, Meyer also ran a stage stop and weigh station at this site. He later purchased the property which included a small log cabin he enlarged by adding a second . . . Map (db m157191) HM
74 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — 3882 — Otto Brinkmann House
​This cottage was built in 1860 by German born Otto Brinkmann (1832-1915), who lived here with his brothers until; he married Marie Johanne Ochse in 1867. The half-timbered walls filled with native stone display the "Fachwerk" technique . . . Map (db m155895) HM
75 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — 3996 — Peter Joseph Ingenhuett Homestead
​German immigrant Peter Joseph Ingenhuett (1833-1923) came to Texas and settled on a farm near Comfort in the 1850s. In 1861, he married Marie Karger (1843-1913), and they moved into town in 1867. The Ingenhuetts opened various businesses . . . Map (db m155746) HM
76 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — 5318 — The Cypress Creek School
Pioneer German settlers of the Cypressville community, later known as Cypress Creek, formed a school district in 1879. The original frame schoolhouse was replaced by this structure in 1908. Built of limestone quarried on Otto Lich's property, it . . . Map (db m163913) HM
77 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — The Founding Freethinkers(Deutsche Freidenker)
From 1845 to 1861 large numbers of German Freethinkers immigrated to the Texas Hill Country. Freethinkers were predominantly German intellectuals who advocated reason and democracy over religious and political autocracy. Many had been active in the . . . Map (db m111292) HM
78 Texas, Kendall County, Comfort — 5343 — The Gass Schmiede
This limestone-block building was built in 1890 as a blacksmith shop ("schmiede") for Jacob Gass (1845-1913). Rock mason J. Gottlieb Lorbeer worked on the lower level for almost a year, walking to the job each week from Sisterdale (15 mi. E). The . . . Map (db m111299) HM
79 Texas, Kendall County, Fredericksburg — Welcome to the Old Tunnel
From May to October, Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area is home to about 3 million Mexican free-tailed bats and 3,000 Cave myotis bats. Each night during this time, the bats spiral upwards once or twice outside the tunnel entrance before streaming . . . Map (db m71923) HM
80 Texas, Kendall County, Grapetown — 1589 — Ferdinand Hohenberger Farmstead
Ferdinand Hohenberger (ca. 1813-1895) with his wife Katherine Schultze and their family, left Bremen, Germany in 1855. Arriving in Galveston on November 20 after a 73-day ocean voyage, they first settled in Luckenbach (Approx. 10 mi. NE). The . . . Map (db m157172) HM
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81 Texas, Kendall County, Kendalia — 2169 — George Wilkins KendallC.S.A. Home Front Producer — (1809 - 1867) —
A molder of world opinion. His theme: Greatness of Texas. Born in New Hampshire. Learned printing and worked in New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. With Francis A. Lumsden, in 1837 founded New Orleans Picayune. Joined the Texan-Santa Fe . . . Map (db m47507) HM
82 Texas, Kendall County, Kendalia — 2919 — Kendalia Community Church
In 1882 Boerne newspaper editor Carl Gustav Vogel and his wife Ettie began buying land in this area. After Kendalia Methodist Episcopal Church, South, organized in 1886, the Vogels deeded this site to the congregation. Community residents built . . . Map (db m157423) HM
83 Texas, Kendall County, Sisterdale — 18090 — Ottmar von Behr
Ottmar von Behr had an influence on German immigration before bringing his family to Texas in 1848. Having toured America in 1846, he published an emigrant's guide, suggesting the life of a Texas farmer. Although Ottmar was a son of nobility in . . . Map (db m214273) HM
84 Texas, Kendall County, Sisterdale — 17823 — Sisterdale
Abundant natural resources and a well-traveled pathway made this area one of the earliest frontier Hill Country settlements. The Pinto Trail, an ancient Native American Road between Spanish missions in San Antonio and lands north, was a conduit . . . Map (db m155138) HM
85 Texas, Kendall County, Waring — 5719 — Waring Schoolhouse
Anglo pioneers in a predominantly German-settled area built the west wing of this building in 1891. Land for this first public school was given by Robert Percival Maxwell Waring, a native of Ireland for whom the town had been named in 1888, citizens . . . Map (db m188512) HM
86 Texas, Kendall County, Welfare — 382 — Beseler Family
Carl Joseph and Augusta Beseler and their two sons immigrated from Germany to Texas in 1848. They settled in Kendall County on a land grant in the 1850s. The community of Welfare was established on the Beseler Land Grant. The Beselers' son Ernst . . . Map (db m188513) HM
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Jun. 10, 2023