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 Firday,1845, they founded the town of New Braunfels. Named for the estate of Prince Solms-Braunfels, the commissioner-general of the German Emigration Society.

Part of a wave of German colonists,1844-1847, this small group and others like it have left a distinctive mark on the heritage and culture of Texas. (1968)


Marker Location: at corner of Porter and McKenna in front of Mission Valley Mills, New Braunfels


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