A brief introduction to the history of New Braunfels

H.D. Gruene Building was a social hub and a place for farmers to buy and sell their wares until 1938; it now houses multiple businesses (Courtesy Gruene Historic District)
H.D. Gruene Building was a social hub and a place for farmers to buy and sell their wares until 1938; it now houses multiple businesses (Courtesy Gruene Historic District)

H.D. Gruene Building was a social hub and a place for farmers to buy and sell their wares until 1938; it now houses multiple businesses (Courtesy Gruene Historic District)

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Naegelin’s is the oldest continuously operating bakery in Texas. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Henne Hardware Henne Hardware is the oldest continually operating hardware store in Texas. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
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New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center was completed 2008, providing the city with first multiuse facility for community events (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Founded in 1845, New Braunfels was built along the banks of the Guadalupe and Comal rivers by a small group of German settlers. By 2018, 74,587 residents called it home, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.


Part of the development and growth of the city have been its many businesses and organizations that work to improve the local economy. Many of the early businesses still exist, such as Naegelin’s, Henne Hardware and Farmer’s Mutual Insurance.

New Braunfels’ strategic location, growing population and varied industries continue to encourage the creation of new businesses, according to the New Braunfels Economic Development Corp.
By Lauren Canterberry
Lauren Canterberry began covering New Braunfels for Community Impact Newspaper in 2019. Her reporting focuses on education, development and breaking news. Lauren is originally from South Carolina and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2017.


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