“From the virgin prairie, they built a town but their spirit filled it with life. Their traditions, costumes, mores & beliefs imbued it with faith, pride, industry, & laughter. We are what we are, today, because of them. Let us carry on their spirit!” — Everett Anthony Fey
The characteristics of “work hard and make good progress” defined the city of New Braunfels at its founding over 165 years ago. These principles were augmented by a devotion to civic involvement and family celebration.
As with most settlements in the New World, the culture in the town of New Braunfels became a mix of old and new. The German founders adapted to their new surroundings, deriving influence from Mexican, Indian, and African culture. With each generation, new layers of culture and tradition were woven into the fabric of this little “burg.”
Though much has changed from 1845 to today, the core principles set forth by the founders—hard work, progress, civic pride, and family devotion—have remained a steadfast way of New Braunfels life.
“This is a free land and the poorest is regarded and respected as the richest. Here no one has a priority. The respect of persons considers each persona as the next. However, he who does not want to work should not undertake the trip, but who wants to work and will work, will fit in very well and make good progress.” — letter from Nicholas and Anton Riedel, May 11, 1845
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