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New Braunfels, Texas

Posted by graywacke on February 25, 2016

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-every-three-or-four days blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is) please see “About Landing” above.  To check out some recent changes in how I do things, check out “About Landing (Revisited).”

Landing number 2249; A Landing A Day blog post number 677.

Dan:  AYKM?  Here we go again.  For the 7th time since changing my random lat/long selection procedure (only 33 landings ago), I’ve landed in . . . TX.

Sorry, but I have to do this.  Here’s a list of states with their individual scores.  The more positive the score, the more oversubscribed; the more negative the score, the more undersubscribed.

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Probably none of my readers except you, Dan (and my son Jordan) actually know what this is about.  Just in case any of you other readers care, check out the tab “About Landing (Revisited).”  If you still need (want?) more info, check out the “About Landing” tab . . .

Moving right along – here’s my regional landing map:

landing 1

And my local landing map:

landing 2a

I’ll zoom back some, to show you that I landed in a heavily populated corridor in South Texas:

landing 2b

Here’s my very local streams-only watershed map, showing that I landed in the watershed of Alligator Creek; on to Geronimo Creek and on to the Guadalupe River (5th hit, making the Guadalupe the 163rd river on my list of rivers with 5 or more hits):

landing 3a

Zooming back, you can see that the Guadalupe makes its way to the G of M:

landing 3b

Just for the heck of it, here’s a map showing where the Guadalupe (joining forces with the San Antonio River) makes its way to the San Antonio Bay.  (Harumpf.  I think it should be the Guadalupe Bay.)

landing 3c

Hmmm.  Refugio sounds familiar.  Sure enough – in my October 2009 post (landing 1803), I noted that Refugio is the hometown of one Nolan Ryan.  Amazing that I remember towns from 446 landings ago . . .

It’s time for my Google Earth (GE) spaceflight in to S Texas.  Click HERE, enjoy the trip, and then hit your back button.

I have great GE SV coverage, but I landed in the woods:

ge sv landing map

I put the orange dude along a line of utility poles, so we can look in the woods a little.  Here’s what he sees:

ge sv landing

 

Here’s the first place I could see something of Alligator Creek:

ge sv alligator map

Looking downstream, it’s just a vegetation-clogged stream bed:

ge sv alligator

Looking upstream, it appears that some highway engineers must have had some flood flow data that drove the design of this incredibly huge flow structure:

ge sv alligator2

So it was clear that New Braunfels had to be titular. I landed very close, and it’s a sizable city (pop 60,000).  Here are a few isolated excerpts from a robust (but confusing) Wiki “History” entry for New Braunfels:

New Braunfels was established in 1845 by Prince Solms of Solms-Braunfels, Germany.  Prince Solms named the settlement in honor of his home in Germany.

The Prince organized hundreds of people in Germany to settle in Texas. Immigrants from Germany began arriving at Galveston in July 1844. Most then traveled by ship to Indianola in December 1844, and began the overland journey to land purchased by Prince Solms.

Obviously, I’m a map guy, so here’s a map to check out the settlers’ trek from Galveston to Indianola to New Braunfels:

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Back to Wiki:

As the spring of 1845 progressed, the settlers built the “Zinkenburg”, a fort named for civil engineer Nicolaus Zink, divided the land, and began building homes and planting crops.  Prince Solms would also lay the cornerstone for the Sophienburg, a permanent fort and center for the immigrant association.

Later in 1845, Prince Solms became disillusioned with the logistics of the colonization and he resigned his position as Commissioner-General.  His successor, John O. Meusebach, found that the finances were in disarray, due in part to Prince Solms’ lack of business experience and his refusal to keep financial records.

Apparently (in spite of his ineptitude), the Prince had some grand plans for the German settlement.  Check this out:

Meusebach discovered that Prince Solms’ choice of the inadequate Indianola as a port of entry, as well as the isolated route to New Braunfels, was deliberately chosen to keep the Germans from interacting with any Americans. According to Nicolaus Zink (the engineer mentioned above), Prince Solms had planned to establish an independent German feudal state by secretly bringing in immigrants and placing them in military fortresses. Meusebach, who had renounced his own title of nobility, took a different approach and invited Americans to settle along with the Germans.

Pretty wild stuff.  Bottom line:  New Braunfels still has a German bent.  They have an annual Wurstfest Craft Beer Festival and a huge water theme park is called the Schlitterbahn.

So, what the heck.  I though I’d check out Braunfels, Germany.  Here’s a GE map view:

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And here’s a much more local view of the oldest part of town:

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Here are some GE Pano shots of the old marketplace.  First this, by Dominico Velasquez:

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And another by Dominico:

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And this, by Andrjuschenka:

pano andrjuschenka

Quite the cool place, eh?  Well, how about the castle?  Here’s an overview from the official Solms-Bruanfels Castle website:

castle schloss-braunfels.de

And here are some castle-interior GE Pano shots.  Here’s one by Marco Marsello:

pano marco marsella

And this, by mfp:

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And this (another by Dominico Velasquez):

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This kind of reminds me of my side trip to Caernafon, Wales a while ago (a castle surrounded by an old village).  There are some amazing places in Europe that no one has ever heard of that are well worth visiting.  It’s just a matter of time and money – unfortunately, I have insufficient quantities of both in my current situation . . .

I just checked out my Caernafon post (actually entitled:  “Odebolt, Wall Lake, Lake View and Carnarvon, Iowa (with bonus Caernarfon, Wales coverage),” and it’s great.  If you’re in the mood, just type “Wales” in the search box, and check out this wondrous post.  Damn, I’m good . . .

Anyway, it’s time to return to my Texas landing.  I found some nice Pano shots within 2 miles of my landing.  I’ll start with this shot of blue bonnets by Curt Cook:

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And here’s another great shot by Curt:

pano curt cook

I’ll close with a couple by Shomeister (sounds like a good German name!):

pano shomeister

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That’ll do it . . .

KS

Greg

 

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