Browse Exhibits (13 total)

Aue, Max Stage Coach Stop

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“The Aue Stagecoach Inn Complex is an outstanding historical site, representing a broad, evolutionary spectrum of architectural styles as well as the changing needs of the Max Aue family and the Leon Springs community.  Constructed between the years 1850 and 1880, the group of buildings represent the simple immigrant-Germanic construction which was common to the area, as well as the more sophisticated and refined transitional Greek Revival/Victoria style.” (THC Atlas)

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Ball, Joseph and Salome House

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The Joseph and Salome Ball House and Farmstead dates back to c1898.  It has been restored by the current owner.

Joseph Ball, Jr. immigrated from Alsace/Germany in 1852.  In May 1867 he married Salome Keller of Castroville, Texas, who was also Alsatian.

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Benke - Naegelin Homestead - Demolished 2005

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 The original stone-built homestead was built by Alex and Elise J. (nee Biering) Benke about 1888.  The original house, the additions and the subsequent stone-built outbuildings were excellent examples of Texas vernacular architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  In 1936, 190.12 acres, including the homestead property, passed to the Benke’s daughter, Dorothea M. Benke (1898-1984).  She had married Frank J. Naegelin (1894-1973) in 1924. Farming and ranching activities on the property included bee keeping, the raising of chickens and turkeys, hog raising, cattle and the growing of oats primarily for the cattle.

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Braun - Rousseau Complex Demolished 2009

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The Braun/Rousseau Complex was an integral part of an early German settlement in northwest Bexar County.  It had been identified as a potential Landmark for the City of San Antonio and was potentially eligible for a nomination to the National Register of Historic places.

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Heidemann Ranch Complex

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Nine Historic Structures built in the 1860s: Log cabin, barn, smokehouse, water well, workshop, Heidemann-Barrera house, storage house, cemetery, possible early kiln.

  • Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, July 6, 2011.

  • In 2014, Professor Frances Gale of the University of Texas At Austin, School of Architecture, took the Materials Conservation Laboratory class to the Heidemann property to analyze the building materials of the log house and the barn.

  • A Building Award was given to Mr. Roy R.Barrera, Sr. and Mr. Gilbert Barrera by the San Antonio Conservation Society in March 2016 for the restoration of the cabin, the barn and the smokehouse by Gilbert Barrera.

  • In 2016, the Heidemann Family Cemetery was dedicated and designated as a Historic Texas Cemetery (HTC).

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Herrera, Blas Ranch

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The Blas Herrera Ranch, located in southern Bexar County, Texas, represents an important survival of an early 19th century homestead complex in south Texas.  The structures comprising the compound reflect the simple character of central Texas vernacular architecture during the early 19th century and the simple Tejano structures which were common to the area.  Historic built features throughout the ranch reflect the evolution and changing uses of the land, from active ranching, to one of scaled back ranching activities, to social and community events, to the simple pasturing of horses.  At the heart of the ranch stand two jacales dating from the 1830s-1840s, the larger jacal having been one of two Herrera-Ruiz homesteads.  Other structures include two wooden buildings, a pavilion and a few additional structures related to ranching and social activities.  The jacals are indicative of the early Tejano construction techniques.

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Kiolbassa - Aniol Home and Farm

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In December of 1854, immigrants from Upper Silesia in Prussian Poland began arriving
in Texas. In Bexar County, approximately twenty Silesian families created the village of
Saint Hedwig eighteen miles east of San Antonio. Today, recognized as one of the
earliest Polish settlements in the U. S. it is located on FM 1346, in far eastern Bexar

Valentine Aniol, one of the founding settlers of Saint Hedwig, Texas, in 1856,   purchased from C. G. Napier an undivided interest in two hundred acres of land near the center of the John Springer Survey or Survey #31.

In 1892, Valentine Aniol conveyed the property to his daughter Julia Aniol Rakowicz  and her husband John Rakowicz with the stipulation, “to furnish to the said Valentine Aniol   a room on the premises including support, medical attention and clothing during her (sic) natural life.”

In 1896, the property came into the Kiolbassa family when it was
purchased by Ignatz Kiolbassa from John and Julia Aniol Rakowicz.

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Krause House

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San Antonio, TX.


With political unrest and threats of war in Europe, Anton F. Krause and his future wife, Johanna Roesler, both natives of Lussdorf, Bohema, sailed from Bremen aboard the Lucie.   They arrived in Galveston on November 7, 1854. Their granddaughter, Clara Krause Parsons, remembers them saying they walked most of the way to San Antonio where they joined a number of other German speaking families.  On May 22, 1855, Anton and Johanna were married at San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas.

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Presnall - Watson House / Land Heritage Institute

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Presnall-Watson Homestead Distric

  • Mailing address and location of main gate:  1349 Neal Road, San Antonio, TX 78264-3531.
  • The Presnall-Watson Homestead District includes six buildings, three contributing structures, and six significant archeological sites.

  • The 188-acre Presnall-Watson Homestead District is part of the Land Heritage Institute (LHI) property, a 1,200-acre living land museum representing at least 10,000 years of occupancy by all the major cultural groups that shaped South Texas, including Native Americans, the Spanish, the Mexicans, and the Anglos as well as African-Americans.

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Trueheart – de la Garza House and Ranch / The Goeth Ranch

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The  James L. Trueheart Ranch Complex, also known as the Trueheart-de la Garza Property,  Casa Vieja, the Berry Ranch, or the Goeth Ranch has been recognized on the local, statewide and national levels for its significance as a historic farm and ranch in association with agriculture and conservation, a cultural landscape and as important vernacular architecture in the mid-19th century.  Just as significant is its association with important historical persons such as James L. Trueheart and his father-in-law, Jose Antonio de la Garza, who were key figures in the history of the property, as well as members of the Goeth family, owners of the property during the early 20th century.

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