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Historical Markers and War Memorials in New Braunfels, Texas
Location of New Braunfels, Texas
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|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|
| 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 1758 — — Map (db m174649) HM|
|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|
|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|
| 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|
|Formed from Travis and Bexar
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|
| 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|
|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|
| 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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
| 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|
|Site of "The German Protestant Church" chartered by the Republic of Texas in 1845 and organized in that year. — — Map (db m172618) HM|
| 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|
|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|
|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|
| 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|
|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|
|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|
| 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|
|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|
|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|
| 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|
|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|
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|
|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|
| 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|
|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|
| 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|
|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|
|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 miller. . . . — — Map (db m172620) HM|
|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|
|Fachwerk (adobe brick and hewn cedar) section was built about 1847 by Heinrich Scholl, Jr. The newer part is Victorian.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1967 — — Map (db m172617) HM|
|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|
|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|
| 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|
|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|
|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|
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|
|Built 1846 by Stephen Klein, one of first Comal County Commissioners; "fachwerk" construction. Purchased by Edward Naegelin, Sr. in 1868.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1967 — — Map (db m172621) HM|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
| 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|