Lächeln LbNA # 47302
|Placed Date||May 17 2009|
**Because this box kept getting wet I have moved it from its original location and the log book replaced.
Fredericksburg, the county seat of Gillespie County, is seventy miles west of Austin in the central part of the county. The town was one of a projected series of German settlements from the Texas coast to the land north of the Llano River, originally the ultimate destination of the German immigrants sent to Texas by the Adelsverein. In August 1845 John O. Meusebach left New Braunfels with a surveying party to select a site for a second settlement en route to the Fisher-Miller Land Grant. He eventually chose a tract of land sixty miles northwest of New Braunfels, where two streams met four miles above the Pedernales River; the streams were later named Barons Creek, in Meusebach's honor, and Town Creek. One cannot help but have a good time while strolling up and down the narrow streets of Fredericksburg, shopping, beer and wine sampling, and taking in the great German atmosphere. It may even put a "smile" on your face!
"Lächeln" has been moved to the Der Stadt Friedhof Cemetery. The City Cemetery Association was formed in 1846. Originally called Der Stadt Friedhof, it is now known as the City Cemetery. Many of the early German pioneers that settled this area in the 1850's are buried here. The plots near the front often times have the old metal fencing around them. There are over 5,300 graves. From Main St. head North on Washington St. past the Admiral Nimitz Museum. Turn right on to Austin St. and continue a couple of blocks to Lee St. Turn left on Lee St. At the corner of Lee St. and Schubert St. is the entrance gate to Der Stadt Friedhof. Go through the cemetery gate and continue passing the windmill and shed on your right hand side. Continue until the drive begins to turn to the left. Stop at the cemetery marker and read about the German immigrants that settled in this area and a deadly plague. While facing the marker look to your right to find a grave surrounded by a rock wall. In the middle of the wall is a large tree. Walk towards the rock wall and on the right side of the wall (west), about knee level, and hidden by a rock, is the treasure you seek. Please make sure the lid to the box on securely and well hidden from the visitors!