The city of New Braunfels today is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. But those who have recently discovered the desirable city between Austin and San Antonio may not know its interesting pedigree. Here are 10 facts about New Braunfels’ history.
- New Braunfels was named for the city of Braunfels in Germany, said Wikipedia. Braunfels means "brown rock" in German.
- New Braunfels was established in 1845 “by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, Commissioner General of the Adelsverein.”
- The first settlers made camp at the site now known as Dry Comal Creek, according to the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). Article here.
- The two leagues of land Prince Solms bought near at Dry Comal springs cost S$1,111, said Wikipedia. A league is roughly three miles.
- Comal Springs was known as Las Fontanas when the Germans arrived.
- The first settlers forded the Guadalupe River on Good Friday, March 21, 1845, near the present day Faust Street Bridge, said Wikipedia.
- Solms' successor, John O. Meusebach, invited Americans to settle in the previously German-only territory.
- By 1850, New Braunfels was the fourth largest city in Texas, behind Galveston, San Antonio, and Houston.
- The town of Gruene, located within the city limits of New Braunfels, is also known as the Gruene Historical District. Gruene suffered under the cotton crop disaster of the Boll Weevils, but Gruene Hall, the famed dance hall, was the one business that never closed. Today it is one of many landmarks that bring in tourists.
- The city’s Herald-Zeitung newspaper dates back to 1852, when it was as the Zeitung by German Texan botanist Ferdinand Lindheimer
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