Near River Crossing Used by New Braunfels' First Settlers

River CrossingAt 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 Friday, 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.

29° 41.854′ N, 98° 6.346′ W. Marker is in New Braunfels, Texas, in Comal County. Marker is at the intersection of Porter Street and McKenna Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Porter Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 555 Porter St, New Braunfels TX 78130, United States of America.

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Comal County Historical Commission