Spring Branch, Comal County, Texas

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View of the spring branch for which the area is named, in June 2007.

Spring Branch is an unincorporated community located in western Comal County, Texas, United States, north of San Antonio. Surrounding towns include Bulverde and Canyon Lake. It is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.

United States Postal Service for the area is served by the Spring Branch United States Post Office located off U.S. Highway 281. Originally settled by Germans in the 19th century, the quiet community has its namesake from a spring fed creek that flows into the Guadalupe River. The Comal Independent School District serves area students.

History[edit]

A significant portion of Spring Branch that borders the Guadalupe River was first settled by German native Adam Becker (1815–1901). Becker journeyed to Texas in 1845 to join Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels in establishing a colony on behalf of the Adelsverein, also known as the German Emigration Company. Becker contributed to the building of Fredericksburg, Texas, and assisted with other aspects of the colony. He married Elizabeth Monken and by 1852 had established his homestead on what is now Phantom Rider Trail in Spring Branch. On his homestead, he raised cattle. The house he built for his family, which was privately restored in the first decade of the 21st century, was constructed of locally quarried stone and hand-hewn cypress from the banks of the nearby Guadalupe River. Adam Becker became a United States citizen in 1860 and upon his death in 1901 was buried in the cemetery on his homestead.[1]

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Coordinates: 29°53′24″N 98°25′31″W / 29.89000°N 98.42528°W / 29.89000; -98.42528