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Several books offer insight on the history of New Braunfels and its early settlers. While some books are harder to find than others, plenty has been written about this little slice of Germany in the big state of Texas.
Everett Anthony Fey looks specifically at Prince Carl and the other German founders in “New Braunfels: The First Founders.” His book makes comparisons to the early Texans like Sam Houston, Jim Bowie and Davie Crockett, and shows how the Germans too, like those “Texan” settlers, were looking to find a new land in the wilderness.
Likewise, “History of New Braunfels and Comal County, Texas,” by Oscar Haas, covers the early settlement and how it adapted and became a part of something quite big! The town, which could have led to a New Germany in Texas, instead ended up being on the first German settlements in the United States.
The sights of the town are unique, and authors Roger Nuhn, Rosemarie Leissner Gregory and Myra Lee Adams Goff look back at the history in photos. “New Braunfels, Comal Country, Texas: A Pictorial History,” is a great coffee table book for anyone who loves the diverse little New Braunfels, where they’re locals or just want to know more about this quaint little town.