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The beginnings of Comfort - Event in/near Comfort

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The beginnings of Comfort


The town was laid out by Ernst Hermann Altgelt along the banks of the Cypress Creek above its confluence with the Guadalupe River. Freemasons, freethinkers, and political activists from Bettina and Sisterdale settled the area. The town was a center of Union sentiment during the Civil War and lost many young men at the battle of the Nueces in 1862.

Hygieostatic Bat Roost
Treue Der Union (Loyalty to the Union) / Comfort Community Church
Treue der Union
1907 Comfort State Bank BuildingComfort Community Theatre / Arno Schwethelm Building
Freidenker (Nineteenth Century Freethinkers)Otto Brinkmann House / Ludwig Hein Home / Karger Building / Ingenhuett-Karger Saloon
Faltin Homestead / August Faltin BuildingThe Gass Schmiede / Paul Ingenhuett Home / Hermann and Antoine Ingenhuett HomesteadPeter Joseph Ingenhuett HomesteadIngenhuett-Faust Hotel / Comfort Post Office
Hanisch HouseMeyer Hotel Complex

Surry on High Street -------- - in/near Comfort

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Surry on High Street


Is this Comfort`s First Taxi? Can anyone identify the logo on side of carriage in front of Doebbler Blacksmith Shop?....



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Perserverance Mill -- - in/near Comfort

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Perserverance Mill


First mill built in 1855 on Cypress Creek next to Ernst Altgelt home.



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Comfort Storyvill 2018-03- - in/near Comfort

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Comfort Storyvill


This 118 plus year old home was built for Ludwig Hein, who was a blacksmith and had his shop next door to his home. This B & B Victorian Cottage is an historical landmark. It is in the center of Comfort and has been tastefully restored, by the Storys, to a delightful retreat. In the 1920s, Southwestern Bell moved its switchboard into the front parlor of this home. The phone system was locally known as “The Comfort Telephone Company”. It was manned 24 hours per day, 7 days a week by the switchboard operator and several young girls. There was also a small bed in the room for the night person. This was the time of “party lines” with 8-10 people on one line. You would know you had a call by how many long and short rings you heard and would only pick up with your unique combination of “longs and shorts”. For many years this house was the pulse of communication for Greater Comfort. This switchboard system closed when the dial phones came into existence, and the home reverted to a single residence. This very comfortable one-bedroom B & B is lovingly decorated using a neutral white theme of wicker, wrought iron, antiques and leather. The bead board walls, high ceilings and longleaf pine floors keep its authenticity. The antiques and collectibles in this home give you the feeling of staying in a romantic early century home. Its tiny antique baby bed, nestled next to the lovely queen bed makes you instantly feel comfortable and at home. Ed and Joey Story also have available a beautiful shaded patio and back yard for summertime fun.



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Karger Farm - 1894 - Comfort 1894 - in/near Comfort

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Karger Farm - 1894 - Comfort


The Paul and Dora Karger Farm in 1894. The large irrigation tank was built to irrigate this early commercial produce farm. Produce was taken to the Mexican Market in San Antonio to sell to the highest bidder. George Karger is on the framed structure, left to right, Dora, Paul, Betty, Elspeth and Alfred Karger.



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Windmill Inn Guesthaus 2018-04- - in/near Comfort

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Windmill Inn Guesthaus


This home was built for Carl and Louise Ingenhuett Spenrath in 1894. Among his many talents, Carl was an accomplished stone mason. Both he and his wife were descendants of pioneer families who had settled in the Comfort area. The present owners are Kurt and Shirley Pankratz Solis. The handsome original two-story limestone block structure is sturdily intact today. Modifications by previous owners enlarged the home with a complimentary stone and wooden shingle addition. The Inn consists of a foyer, living room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, a study and 2 bathrooms. The 124-year-old home was built on the southern bank of Cypress Creek. It has retained its beautiful pine flooring, high ceilings, bead board interior, as well as its original thick limestone walls. One unique feature, in the living room, is an historic painting by Selena Saur from “Joe’s Café” which Shirley’s father, Joe Pankratz, established in 1954. This painting was part of a panel which hung in the café. This beautiful home is currently used as a Guesthaus and comfortably sleeps up to five people. The Windmill Inn still exemplifies the original charm of its pioneer builders and owners.



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Meyer Hotel ---- - in/near Comfort

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Meyer Hotel


952 High Street, German native Frederich Christian Meyer came to Comfort in 1862. A wheelwright, Meyer also ran a stage stop and weigh station at this sight which included a small log cabin. He married Ernstine Mueller Meyer 1868. A second story was added in 1869. He constructed a two story wooden structure here for his wife, a midwife, for her work which housed maternity rooms for use by the women of the surrounding area ranches in 1872. In 1887, when rail lines were completed through the area, Comfort began showing promise as a resort community. That same year, the Meyers constructed a two story frame building south of their residence to serve as a hotel. The upper floor of structure was used for guests and the ground floor housed a large kitchen and dining room. With help of their 8 children, Ernestine continued to operate the hotel after her husband`s death in 1889. It was operated by family till 1956.



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Comfort Street Scene -- - in/near Comfort

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Comfort Street Scene


7th and Main



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Kaffee Kreis (Coffee Circle) - Comfort - in/near Comfort

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Kaffee Kreis (Coffee Circle) - Comfort


Comfort's Kaffee Kreis (Coffee Circle), only members of first families were asked to join. Top row, left to right, Leischen Serger, Toni Flach Brinkmann, Toni Maurhoffer Kott,Toni Flach Ingenhuett. Seated, Agnes Wiedenfeld Doerffler, Anna Meyer Overmann, Ida Flach Ingenhuett, two unknowns, Emmie Kott Below.



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Texas Historical Markers in/near Comfort

1907 Comfort State Bank Building - Marker in/near Comfort


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Arno Schwethelm Building - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Col. Bettie Edmonds



August Faltin Building - Marker in/near Comfort



Brownsboro Cemetery - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Natalie Morgan



Comfort Community Church - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Bryden Moon



Comfort Community Theatre - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Bryden Moon



Comfort Post Office - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Bryden Moon



Faltin Homestead - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Dietert Historical Archives -
Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)



Ferdinand Hohenberger Farmstead - Marker in/near Comfort



Freidenker (Nineteenth Century Freethinkers) - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Bryden Moon



Hanisch House - Marker in/near Comfort



Hermann and Antoine Ingenhuett Homestead - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Bryden Moon



Hygieostatic Bat Roost - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Dietert Historical Archives -
Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)



Idlewilde Lodge - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: U.S. Army



Ingenhuett-Faust Hotel - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Dietert Historical Archives -
Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)



Ingenhuett-Karger Saloon - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Bryden Moon



Karger Building - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Bryden Moon



Ludwig Hein Home - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Bryden Moon



Meyer Hotel Complex - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Dietert Historical Archives -
Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)



Otto Brinkmann House - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Dietert Historical Archives -
Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)



Paul Ingenhuett Home - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Col. Bettie Edmonds



Peter Joseph Ingenhuett Homestead - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Bryden Moon



Rice Home - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Col. Bettie Edmonds



Stieler Ranch House - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Dietert Historical Archives -
Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)



The Gass Schmiede - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Dietert Historical Archives -
Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)



Treue Der Union (Loyalty to the Union) - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Dietert Historical Archives -
Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)



Tunnel of the Fredericksburg & Northern Railway - Marker in/near Comfort