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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Comfort, 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; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Kendall County, TX (77) Bandera County, TX (51) Bexar County, TX (362) Blanco County, TX (31) Comal County, TX (72) Gillespie County, TX (206) Kerr County, TX (86)  KendallCounty(77) Kendall County (77)  BanderaCounty(51) Bandera County (51)  BexarCounty(362) Bexar County (362)  BlancoCounty(31) Blanco County (31)  ComalCounty(72) Comal County (72)  GillespieCounty(206) Gillespie County (206)  KerrCounty(86) Kerr County (86)
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Comfort is in Kendall County
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1Texas (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
2Texas (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
3Texas (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
4Texas (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
5Texas (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
6Texas (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
7Texas (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
8Texas (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
9Texas (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
10Texas (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
11Texas (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
12Texas (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
13Texas (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
14Texas (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
15Texas (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
16Texas (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
17Texas (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
18Texas (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
19Texas (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
20Texas (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
21Texas (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
22Texas (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
23Texas (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
24Texas (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
25Texas (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
26Texas (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
27Texas (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
28Texas (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
29Texas (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
30Texas (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
31Texas (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
32Texas (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
 
 
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May. 20, 2022