German Pioneers in Texas
In this area, now covered by Canyon Lake, German emigrants were the first settlers.
A society of Nobles (Mainzer Adelsverein) sponsored the emigration of 7,380 Germans to Texas from 1844 to 1847. They founded New Braunfels in 1845.
Moving west, they established Fredericksburg in 1846. Their Comanche Indian treaty opened 3,800,000 acres between the Llano and Colorado Rivers to peaceful settlement.
Farmers and artisans, scholars and scientists, they triumphed over epidemic and privation to help build Texas and the West.
Marker Location: Hwy. 306, about 12 mi. NE of New Braunfels at North Lookout on Canyon Dam