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In the interest of health safety and an abundance of caution all 175th hosted events scheduled for March 14 – 22nd 2020 celebrating the 175th Founding of New Braunfels have been postponed to September/early fall 2020. The 175th hosted events being rescheduled are highlighted on Since 1845 calendar.
Time Capsule Items may be picked up at the Sophienburg Museum.
Join us in celebrating our 175-year history of cultural heritage, hard work, and “gemuetlichkeit” (the good life). New Braunfels was founded by German emigrants in 1845 and has flourished ever since.
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.