a Pecan Shell
Comfort was established
in 1854 by German
immigrants moving further west from New
Braunfels. They rested here and were so taken with the place,
that they didn't see any need to travel further.
Comfort remains unincorporated.
Near the High
School. High Street between 3rd and 4th.
This memorial is for German settlers who were established here, but
were killed on their way to Mexico during the Civil War. They were
attacked by Confederate forces near Brackettville
on August 10, 1862. The bodies were not buried and the bones were
retrieved and placed here in 1865. The monument was erected in 1866.
The incident shares several similarities to the Bandera
Tragedy Tree incident.
From an architectural
viewpoint - Comfort is extremely rich. Nearly the entire downtown
is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Many rock buildings and businesses remain in a splendid state of preservation
and did not have to go through the rigors of restoration. The 1880
Ingenhuett-Faust Hotel is one such building and the 1930 Comfort
Theater (originally financed through public subscription) is another.
A good deal of Comfort's charm is in its relative tranquility compared
and Boerne. Visit
on Monday and you'll find nearly the entire town closed.
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1908 bank building now serves as a museum. TE photo, 2008
- 838 High Street
Open 2nd Sunday of each month or by appointment.
|It is said that
monument and Arlington National Cemetery are permitted to fly
the American flag at half staff the year round.
|Old Post Office
Building: c. 1908
Designed by Alfred Giles who retired nearby to raise sheep.
Post Offices | Texas
|A rare pre-signage
TE photo, 2008
|Bier Halle High
Courtesy Comfort Historical Cntr. Archives, submitted by Gael
Marker (301 State Hwy 27, Comfort):
Nineteenth Century Freethinkers
From 1845 to
1861, a number of German Freidenker ("Freethinkers") immigrated
to the Texas
Hill Country. Freethinkers were German intellectuals who advocated
reason and democracy over religious and political authoritarianism.
Many had participated in the 1848 German revolution and sought freedom
in America. The Freidenker helped establish Bettina, Castell,
Cypress Mill, Luckenbach,
Sisterdale, Tusculum (Boerne)
and Comfort. Laid out in 1854, Comfort soon was home to about half
the population of hill
valued their newfound freedoms of speech, assembly and religion.
Their settlements, where a knowledge of Latin was considered essential
for a cultured intellectual society, became known as "Latin Colonies."
They strongly supported secular education and generally did not
adhere to any formal religious doctrines. They applied themselves
to the crafts of physical labor and divided their time between farming
and intellectual pursuits.
Freethinkers advocated universal equal rights, and their moral values
were dominated by their respect for life. They actively supported
such social issues as the abolition of slavery and the rejection
of secession. Their loyalty to the Union during the Civil War cost
many their freedoms and their lives. Following the war, many Freethinkers
relocated to nearby urban areas, while others returned to Germany.
Heart and Soul of Comfort
TE photo, 2008
Comfort Chamber of Commerce
High Street and 7th
The book Hill Country by Richard Zelade covers Comfort's buildings
in detail. The book proves its worth with its descriptions and histories
of Comfort's buildings alone.
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