Browse Exhibits (6 total)

Benke - Naegelin Homestead - Demolished 2005

Benke - Naegelin House

 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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Culebra Road Stage Stop - Demolished 2005

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Culebra Road Stage Coach Stop and Outbuilding

 Built about 1850-1865 on San Antonio-Castroville Road


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Hoffmann, Caroline and Jacob

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Few women owned property in their own right in the nineteenth century. In the Helotes settlement, Carmel Marnoch owned her own carriage, 20 horses and 15 head of cattle; and Teodora Martinez owned 130 acres. However, by 1881, Caroline Hoffmann owned more than 4,000 acres, including horses and cattle, in her
own right. By 1890, Caroline and her husband, Jacob, had amassed more than 7,500 acres. By 1908, five years after Jacob’s death, the Hoffmann estate included 12,667 acres, a substantial portion in present day Government Canyon State Natural Area.

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Padilla Ranch House - Demolished 2009

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Padilla Ranch House – formerly located on Balcones Creek and I H – 10 near Bexar County and Kendall Counties line.


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