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    Frontier Life in New Braunfels

    by VeronicaG Updated Jan 15, 2007

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    Since we're recent transplants from New Jersey, we're eager to learn all about our new state! The early years of Texas have always seemed so wild and different to us living on the East coast.

    The Sophienburg Museum gave us a look at early frontier life in Texas. According to town history, following the departure of Prince Solms, New Braunfels saw more settlers arriving in 1846. Unfortunately, their timing was not good for the following reasons...

    Texas joined the United States of America in 1845, meaning there was little hope of establishing an official German principality.

    Although they had negotiatied with oxcart teamsters to haul their goods inland, the Spanish American war broke out and they were left high and dry.

    Rain was making traveling very difficult, so they were not able to proceed as they had liked and cholera ran quickly through the ranks causing several hundred deaths.

    Happily, by 1850 New Braunfels stabilized, the community's finances became secure, the town began to thrive and at one time was the fourth largest city, following Galveston, San Antonio and Houston.

    Please see additional photos: picture#2--oldtime conveyance and picture#3--depiction of a typical saloon

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    Natural Bridge Caverns

    by KiKitC Written Sep 10, 2005

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    We had a great day at the caverns. Be preapred to wait for a tour, but they do keep it moving. Wear comfortable walking shoes, because there is a bit of walking for this tour.

    The Natural Bridge Caverns boast being the larest cavern in Texas.

    This cavern offers tremendous views, as you walk right into a huge, expansive rooms. Enter into the Hall of the Mountain King or the Castle of White Giants, and watch for kinks in your neck. The cavern ceilin is hundreds of feet above, and the cavern drops far below. It gives you a feeling of being a small water droplet in the dark vastness.

    There are many strangely and fascinating formations to see. Well worth the trip.

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  • New Braunfels is a great,...

    by Randyo2 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    New Braunfels is a great, small town to walk around in. But, you must go to the town of Gruene (pronounced 'GREEN') Wonderful little town for walking tours including Gruene Hall.. the oldest dancehall in Texas. Remember in the movie 'Michael' when Travolta danced in the bar with the two Texas chicks, that was in Gruene Hall.
    this is a very relaxed place... great for antique shopping. Wonderful family area.

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  • I've heard Wurstfest is a lot...

    by KenMore Written Oct 4, 2002

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    I've heard Wurstfest is a lot of fun, but I've never been.
    New Braunfels was founded by Germans and they still hold on to those roots. One way they do this is to have a festival every fall called Wurstfest. They have lots of German food, beer, and music!

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    Jerry’s Rentals

    by keeweechic Written Oct 9, 2002

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    Jerry’s Rentals is right on the river as you cross over a little bridge. They have everything you need for your river trip and camping/fishing needs. They rent campsites but you have to book for weekends and holiday periods. They have a varied selection of river trips you can do depending on how much time you have and can offer guided trips as well.
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    John Newcombes Tennis Ranch

    by keeweechic Updated Oct 9, 2002

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    John Newcombes Tennis Ranch was originally built as a dude ranch in the 1940's the Tennis Ranch has evolved into one of the premier tennis facilities in the world. The Newcombe Roche Tennis Academy is a year round program where young players from around the world come to live and train under the direction of John Newcombe and Bob McKinley. Newcombe's Ranch is also recognized by many as having the best adult programs in the country.
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    Comal County Courthouse

    by keeweechic Updated Oct 9, 2002

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    Comal County Courthouse was built in 1898 in a Romanesque Revival style. Most courthouses were built in the centre of the town square, however, New Braunfels town officials followed their German roots and built the courthouse on the northeast corner of the square. This location allowed the plaza to be used for traditional German celebrations. The courthouse interior follows the traditional cross-shaped plan.
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    Main Plaza

    by keeweechic Updated Oct 9, 2002

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    Main Plaza was laid out in 1845 to be the focal point of the city. The fountain was added in 1895 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of New Braunfels and the bandstand was added in 1905.

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    The Hill Country

    by AmericanH Written Feb 25, 2003

    This whole area is a great place to visit. San Antonio is 20 mins. away with the Alamo and the River Walk Downtown. New Braunfels is just mins. away with the Schlitterbaum Water Park. At the end of our river run there is a small town called Gruene that is quaint. There are shops and restaurants, and at nite they usually have several honkytonk bands.

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    McKenna Children's Museum

    by Basaic Written Jul 13, 2013

    Especially now that I have a growing grandson, I pay close attention to museums aimed at kids. The McKenna Children's Museum houses a variety of multi-media displays to stimulate young minds while teaching fine arts, culture, history, science, health and technology. The displays are aimed at toddlers through pre-teens but can interest kids of all ages (even mid-50s like me). Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 12 PM to 5 PM on Sunday (Labor Day to Memorial Day) add 10 AM to 5 PM on Monday Memorial Day to Labor Day. Admission is $5.50 Labor Day to Memorial Day and $7.50 Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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    New Braunfels Railroad Museum

    by Basaic Written Jul 13, 2013

    The New Braunfels Railroad Museum is located in the old 1907 International & Great Northern Railroad Depot. It houses an interesting assortment of railroad memorabilia, equipment and railroad cars. The old 1922 Pullman Dining Car is available for rent for special events. Local model railroading enthusiasts have displays in the museum and also host events here. Hours are 12 PM to 4 PM Thursday through Monday. Admission is FREE.

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    New Braunfels Fire Museum

    by Basaic Written Jul 13, 2013

    The New Braunfels Fire Museum is located in the old 1918 fire station and houses an interesting assortment of old fire engines and other equipment. You can arrange a free tour at the fire station next door (as long as they are not responding to a fire).

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    Buckhorn Barber Museum

    by Basaic Written Jul 13, 2013

    The Wagenfuehr Home is one of the properties owned by the New Braunfels Conservation Society. The home is open for tours as is the Buckhorn Barber Museum which still operates as a barbershop. Inside is a potpourri of collectors' items like hand-carved circus animals, dolls, handmade jewelry and more. Hours are 2 PM to 5 PM daily (except Wednesday) from Memorial Day to Labor Day and 2 PM to 5 PM weekends only in winter.

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    New Braunfels Academy

    by Basaic Updated Jul 17, 2013

    The New Braunfels Academy was incorporated in 1858 and was the first tax-supported school in Texas; a full 18 years before the Texas Constitution provided for taxation for educational purposes. Photo 1 shows the old New Braunfels High School which was built in 1913 using a Prairie School design by C. V. Seutter and Alister Shand from San Antonio. This building replaced the old New Braunfels Academy. Photo 2 is one of the admin buildings (completed in 1901) from the New Braunfels Academy.

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    Hermann Seele Mural

    by Basaic Written Jul 17, 2013

    Hermann Seele was what is referred to as a "Renaissance Man" a man with a variety of interests and talents. He arrived in Galveston, Texas from the Hildesheim/Hannover area of Germany in 181843 and came to New Braunfels in 1845 becoming the first teacher in town. Seele also started the first newspaper, athletic club, first protestant church and several other social and cultural clubs. In addition to being a teacher, this very busy man was a writer, farmer, lawyer, soldier, and a family man. He served as a county clerk, state legislator, justice of the peace, alderman, city mayor, and a postmaster. There is a mural depicting his life in the downtown area.

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