Last night I went to Gruene Hall to see Hal Ketchum! Great atmosphere and Great Music! Best of all I enjoyed myself by letting loose and didn't worry about driving because when we got out Tony's Taxi was waiting to drive me back to my hotel. You can have a GOOD TIME and still be RESPONSIBLE.
Fondest memory: Small town feeling. Friendly people. Our taxi driver was GREAT and HELPFUL!
When we travel to small towns, I try to make it a point to take a picture of their courthouses. There is just something about these stalwart buildings that attract me. Perhaps it's the unique style of each one or its importance to the community.
The Comal County Courthouse was designed by noted courthouse architect, J. Riely Gordon, who began work on it in 1898. This majestic building was constructed in the Romanesque style and sits on a corner of Main Plaza. Like most courthouses, it features a clock tower which crowns its heights.
I thought it was interesting that stone was quarried ten miles from New Braunfels on property belonging to Edward Mandell, a prominent Texan. Contractors Fischer and Lamie of Austin handled the nitty gritty details in erecting the building.
Normal wear and tear and aging of the structure led to renovations of the interior and minor repairs on the exterior in 1966-67. It is said to "reflect New Braunfels' German heritage and the spirit of Comal County at the turn of the 20th century". (from the Texas Historical Marker)
Although this building is not that old, it does figure in the town's economic development.
The Faust Hotel (2405 S. Seguin St.) was built in 1929 and is in the Spanish Colonial Revival design. Once known as The Travelers Hotel, it contained 63 guest rooms and gave shelter to many during New Braunfels' heydeys.
In 1936 the hotel was renamed 'The Faust' in honor of the family on whose former homestead it sits. This building has known continuous service as a hotel from the time it was constructed.
It was completely renovated in the 1980's and in order to accommodate a lounge a new courtyard was added. A microbrewery was installed in 1998. The Faust Hotel features antique furniture and period grand piano, a mirrored elevator and touches of the 1930's throughout.
For more information call: 877-784-6835.
This immense mural is painted on the side of a building on San Antonio Street. It depicts Prince Carl of Solms, Germany with a group of settlers arriving in Texas.
A group of German leaders who belonged to an organization known as The Adelsverein selected the Prince to travel to America to found a town.
He and a group of fellow Germans sailed to this continent on the brig Johann Delhardt, landing in Galveston in November 1844. Navigating the coast using one-mast vessels, they landed in Lavaca and set up camp two miles further.
Tradition says that on Christmas Eve, a Pastor Ervendberg celebrated Christmas Eve service outdoors, beside a candlelit Christmas tree the Prince had decorated. This became the first public Christmas tree in Texas.
By January of 1845 other settlers arrived and joined the original group. All traveled along the Guadalupe River to the place where the Comal River joined and on Good Friday, March 21, 1845 New Braunfels was founded.
It was a rainy day in New Braunfels when we arrived, but in spite of the weather we wanted to learn something about this Texas town with the German heritage.
After dropping by the 'Downtown Antiques' shop, we continued down San Antonio Street, noticing this large building across the street.
The paint is weathered, but it still announces the identity of this building in barely visible letters near the roofline--Henne Hardware.
This building was constructed in 1893 and is still being used today as a hardware.
This mural celebrates the life and contributions of Ferdinand Jakob Lindheimer. I was not familiar with Lindheimer, so I did a little research to discover what part he played in Texas history.
I found that he is often called the father of Texas biology because of his work as the first permanent-resident plant collector in Texas.
He was from Germany, but after alienating himself from his family because of political affiliations, immigrated to the United States as a political refugee.
Lindheimer spent nine years collecting plant speciments in Texas.
In 1844 Lindheimer joined the Advelsverein and moved to New Braunfels where he settled after being granted land on the Comal River.
He continued with plant collecting with the hopes of establishing a botanical garden.
He was hired as editor for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in 1852 and eventually became the publisher, where he expressed his anticlerical views.
Lindheimer ran a private school for gifted children. He also served as Justice of the Peace.
After he left the newspaper, he became a devoted naturalist.
Lindheimer is credited with the discovery of several hundred plant species, among them a milikweed, a locco weed, a mimosa, prickly pear and a rock daisy.
His name is used to designate 48 species and subspecies of plants.
In 1879 his essays and memoirs were published.
*This information came from Handbook of Texas online
The Prince Solms Inn Bed & Breakfast (295 E. St. Antonio St.)is the oldest operating hotel in New Braunfels. It was run by the Eggeling family for 50 years. Emilie Eggeling, an early settler to New Braunfels, commissioned Christian Henry from Germany, to build the inn.
The inn is fortified with 36 inch footings, three foot thick walls in the basement and 18 inch walls in the upstairs and downstairs areas. The beige brick on the exterior was made from mud on the banks of the Guadalupe River. Giant cyprus trees used to construct the building, were felled from the edges of the Guadalupe River.
The Great Storm of 1900 provided the two front entry doors, which are detailed in etched glass. They came from an estate in Galveston, Texas destroyed by the hurricane. The stone patio in the courtyard came from the floor of the old Comal county jail.
The Inn offers two suites on the first floor and eight guestrooms on the second floor. All have private baths. The rates are $125 to $175 ( rooms accommodate between 2-6 people). These rates depend on # of occupants. For more information phone 830-625-9169.
Hey, I forgot to tell you guys that it is seasonal. The main part of the season is between Labor and Memorial Day, (but please, save yourself the trouble in August... ) all the big holiday weekends are crazy crowded, so if you enjoy the crowd (you know 10 zillion teenagers and twentysomethings, with a couple of young hip familes, and cool older folks tossed into the mix, all running around enjoying themsleves in not to very much clothing...) which many do, make your reservations and squeze on in.
Me I like a slightly more sedate pace and like to go before Memorial day, when it is still a little cold (but very nice if you are camping near the river because its like natural air conditioning) and the majority of the crowds are still pending.
Fondest memory: I miss the pace. You never know what time it is and really never care, after about 2 days at the river it's not quite so hard to remember what's really important in life.
I also really enjoy campfire cooking... It's such a challenge.
This is a great place to visit. There are 100's of campgrounds along the river, most all of them have fabulous views. During the summer it is always crowded on weekends so be prepared for the noise 24/7. I do not recommend taking little ones into this party environment, it is just too crazy.
Fondest memory: I have 10 wonderful years of memories that will last a lifetime. I enjoyed organizing our camping trip and being the unofficial king of our campsite. My main goal was to see to everyone else's needs and make sure they had a good time. I loved being in charge of this event. Unfortunantly all of our family lives eventually got in the way and we all kinda went in different directions. We talk now and again about reviving it, but it could never compare to the party years of the 90's.
I have so many memories... Floating down the river and you being the only person for miles and then the next day floating down the same river with 160,000 party-ers. Sitting around the campfire at night sharing stories of the day's adventures and all the wipeouts. Seeing the faces of my friends the first time they experienced it. Watching all the beautiful babes in bikinis step in and scream cause the water was so cold. Sharing our campsite and food one year with a old homeless man named Railroad. Taking my 18 year old son with me on the infamous last trip and seeing him enjoy the very things I enjoyed for so many years.
Fondest memory: The Guadalupe River area was just a delight and such a contrast to areas further north around the Dallas area which are flat and devoid of this kind of beauty. It was so quiet except for the rippling water and the birds chirping. Definitely if you are in the New Braunfels area, this is the place to go to but avoid peak summer times when this area is really popular.