“The land is so wonderfully situated: nothing better could be wished for: and much more beautiful than could be described.”
– Nicholas and Anton Riedel, letter, April 30, 1845
“The location of the city in the broad valley, watered by the beautiful stream and surrounded by gently sloping hills is most charming.”
– Dr. Ferdinand von Roemer, 1845
a brief timeline
A group of 21 German aristocrats came together at Biebrich on the Rhine, Germany, to form the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas.
Prince Carl arranges the purchase of 1,265 acres for $1,112. This included the present site of New Braunfels.
On Good Friday, emigrant wagons forded the river, marking the founding of New Braunfels.
Comal County was created by the Texas Legislature.
New Braunfels was the fourth largest city in Texas.
The first issue of the Neu Braunfelser Zeitung was published.
The first wagon bridge across the Comal River was built by the City of New Braunfels.
Henne Hardware opened and has been operating ever since. It is the oldest hardware store in Texas.
The first public school was founded and funded through self-imposed tax.
Heinrich (Henry) D. Gruene purchased 6,000 acres of farmland three miles north of New Braunfels.