MARCH 14, 1845

Stone, Ron
January 1984
Book of Texas Days;1984, p44
This is part of The Book of Texas Days, 1984, which chronicles the history of Texas. In far-off Germany, people read the story of Texas with great interest following the fall of the Alamo and the dramatic victory at San Jacinto. Soon a floodtide of German immigrants was headed for this magic place. On March 14, 1845, Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels purchased a tract of land which lay fifteen miles above the town of Seguin. It contained "Las Fontanas," the beautiful Comal Springs, and five miles of the Comal Valley. The purchase price was $1,111. Soon the Prince was taking settlers there and giving them building lots and ten-acre plots of farmland. He named the place New Braunfels after his hometown. Also on this date, in the year 1924, Charles Lindbergh began pilot training at Brooks Field in San Antonio.


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