Comal County is a county located on the divide between the Blackland Prairies and the Balcones Escarpment. The largest city and the county seat is New Braunfels. Comal County is a beautiful county located on the Edwards Plateau in central Texas. The county is a picturesque mountainous county with spring-fed streams, the Comal River, the Guadalupe River and the Canyon Lake.
New Braunfels is the county seat.
New Braunfelswas founded in 1845 by Prince Charles de Solms-Braunfels, commissioner general of the Adelsverein of Mainzer, also known as the Society of Nobles. Prince Carl named the settlement after his home in Solms-Braunfels, Germany. The land was located northeast of San Antonio, on the Royal Texas Trail, and had the strong fresh water springs of Comal, known as Las Fontanas, when the Germans arrived.
It was approximately halfway between Indianola and the lower parts of the Fisher-Miller land grant. The first settlers forded the Guadalupe River on Good Friday, March 21, 1845, near the current Fausto Street bridge. As the spring of 1845 progressed, the colonists built the Zinkenburg, a fort named after Adelsverein's civil engineer, Nicolaus Zink, divided the land and began building houses and planting crops. Prince Carl would also lay the cornerstone of Sophienburg, a permanent fort and a center for the immigrant association.
In 1844, Prince Charles was so disillusioned with the logistics of colonization that he asked the Vereins to remove him as commissioner-general and appoint a successor. Meusebach arrived, finances were in disarray, due in part to Prince Carl's lack of business experience and his refusal to keep financial records. To a greater extent, the financial situation occurred because the Adelsverein were an organization of nobles with no practical experience in business management. They were on the other side of the world and did not witness the situation faced by both Prince Carl and Meusebach.
Henry Francis Fisher had not provided transportation or supplies for which the Vereins had advanced money. Meusebach found Prince Charles in Galveston while trying to return to Germany, detained by authorities for unpaid bills. Meusebach paid the debts, so Prince Carl was able to leave. Cappes invited Henry Francis Fisher to New Braunfels, even though Fisher was not entirely trustworthy by the Vereins.
On February 11, 1845, Fisher had participated in the coercion of newly arrived immigrants to sign documents stating their intention to leave the Verein and align themselves with Fisher's friend, Dr. Friedrich Schubbert, also known as Friedrich Strubberg. Meusebach stabilized the community's finances and encouraged settlers to establish more neighboring communities. The largest of these secondary settlements was Fredericksburg, 80 miles (130 km) northwest of New Braunfels.
New Braunfels is located in southeastern Comal County. The city is 32 miles (51 km) northeast of downtown San Antonio, 19 miles (31 km) southwest of San Marcos and 48 miles (77 km) southwest of Austin. New Braunfels has a humid subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers and generally mild winters. Temperatures range from 27.8°C (100°F) in summer to 9.4°C (49°F) in winter.
In New Braunfels, July and August are the warmest months, with an average high of 95°F (35°C). May, June and October have a lot of precipitation. The average annual rainfall was 35.74 inches (908 mm). NBISD operates several schools in New Braunfels.
The city holds Wurstfest, a German-style sausage festival, every November, which is based on the city's strong German heritage. Every December, the city celebrates Wassailfest in the historic center. New Braunfels attracts a large number of tourists, especially in summer due to the cold water rivers that run through the city. Many generations of families and university students return every summer to travel kilometers by subway along the Guadalupe and Comal rivers.
New Braunfels is the site of the original water park, the Schlitterbahn WaterPark Resort. Ernest Eikel Skate Park attracts many skate board enthusiasts. Unicorn Stadium, with a capacity of 10,000 people, is the largest sports stadium by capacity in New Braunfels. It opened in 1927 and is mainly used for American football and soccer.
The venue also has an athletics track. The other newspaper publisher serving the city of New Braunfels is the TX Citizen, formerly a citizen of NB. New Braunfels attracts a good amount of tourists from all over the state, especially because of the cold-water rivers that run through the city. Many generations of families still return during the summer to go tubing on the Guadalupe River and the Comal River.
New Braunfels is the site of a water park, the Schlitterbahn Water Park Resort. The Comal River is one of the shortest in the world, only 3.2 miles (5.2 km) long, before emptying into the Guadalupe River. The headwaters of the Comal are located in today's Landa Park, where hundreds of artesian springs flow from the Edwards aquifer. The upper sections are surrounded by a park and private residences, while the lower parts are open for recreation.
The land, known as Las Fontanas, was located northeast of San Antonio on the Camino Real and had strong freshwater springs. It was also approximately halfway between Indianola and the lower parts of the Fisher-Miller land grant. As the spring of 1845 progressed, settlers built Zinkenburg, a fort, divided the land and began building houses and planting crops. Prince Solms would also lay the cornerstone of Sophienburg, a permanent fort and a center for the immigrant association.
Soon after founding the city, Prince Carl returned to Germany, leaving John O. In December 1845, Texas became a state of the United States of America, eliminating any ambition that the German aristocracy might have had to establish a German principality within the politically and militarily weak Republic of Texas, and undermining the United States. A second wave of German immigrants began to arrive in 1846, even when the sponsor Adelsverein stumbled into bankruptcy. As hundreds of German immigrants continued to arrive on the Texas coast in 1846, three disasters affected German immigrants.
The Mexican-American war broke out between the United States and Mexico, and oxcart truckers who were hired to carry the Germans and their belongings inland were diverted to the war effort along the south coast of Texas. In addition, heavy rains flooded streams and rivers, making it difficult to pass inland. Eventually, cholera erupted among immigrants and several hundred people died as a result of the outbreak. Meusebach stabilized community finances and encouraged settlers to establish more neighboring communities.
The largest of these secondary settlements was Fredericksburg, 80 miles northwest of New Braunfels. New Braunfels thrived and, in 1850, was the fourth largest city in Texas, with 1,723 people, behind only Galveston, San Antonio and Houston in population. In 1852, the Zeitung newspaper was created, edited by the German Texan botanist Ferdinand Lindheimer. The newspaper continues to publish under its current name, Herald-Zeitung.
New Braunfels is located at (29.701724, -98,12355) that is 30 miles (48 km) northeast of San Antonio and 45 miles (72 km) southwest of Austin. Meusebach discovered that Prince Carl's choice of the inadequate Carlshafen (Indianola) as a port of entry, as well as of the isolated route to New Braunfels, was deliberately chosen to prevent Germans from interacting with any American. Founded in 1845 by a German prince, New Braunfels has a fascinating history and beautiful Texas German architecture. Not only is the Guadalupe River fun to float in summer, it's also an attraction for avid and amateur anglers all year round.
New Braunfels is home to Action Angler, the ONLY creekside fly shop and guide service in Texas. New Braunfels is worth returning to season after season: fall festivals, fly fishing in winter, spring wildflowers, summer tubes and live music all year round, stunning natural beauty and Gemütlichkeit. Private high schools are the New Braunfels Christian Academy, a K-12 institution, and the Calvary Baptist Academy. .