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Historical Markers and War Memorials in New Braunfels, 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 (72) Bexar County, TX (372) Blanco County, TX (31) Guadalupe County, TX (66) Hays County, TX (92) Kendall County, TX (77)  ComalCounty(72) Comal County (72)  BexarCounty(372) Bexar County (372)  BlancoCounty(31) Blanco County (31)  GuadalupeCounty(66) Guadalupe County (66)  HaysCounty(92) Hays County (92)  KendallCounty(77) Kendall County (77)
New Braunfels is the county seat for Comal County
New Braunfels is in Comal County
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1Texas (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
2Texas (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
3Texas (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
4Texas (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
5Texas (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
6Texas (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
7Texas (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
8Texas (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
9Texas (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
10Texas (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
11Texas (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
12Texas (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
13Texas (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
14Texas (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
15Texas (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
16Texas (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
17Texas (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
18Texas (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
19Texas (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
20Texas (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
21Texas (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
22Texas (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
23Texas (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
24Texas (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
25Texas (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
26Texas (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
27Texas (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
28Texas (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
29Texas (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
30Texas (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
31Texas (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
32Texas (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
33Texas (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
34Texas (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
35Texas (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
36Texas (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
37Texas (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
38Texas (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
39Texas (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
40Texas (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
41Texas (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
42Texas (Comal County), New Braunfels — 4768 — Site of Dietz Community
In 1851 Jamaica native Jacob De Cordova (1808-1868) settled here. He selected this spot for its beauty, rich soil and nearby springs. He built his first home, "Wanderer's Retreat." It served as a stage stop on the San Antonio Road and as a mail . . . Map (db m111260) HM
43Texas (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
44Texas (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
45Texas (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
46Texas (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
47Texas (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
48Texas (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
49Texas (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
50Texas (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
51Texas (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
52Texas (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
53Texas (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
54Texas (Guadalupe County), New Braunfels — 914 — Clear Spring Hall and Store
This area was settled by German immigrants in the 1840s and 1850s. Named for a water source later inundated by Lake Dunlap, the Clear Spring community never evolved into a town, but remained a rural settlement. A store built at this site in the . . . Map (db m174756) HM
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