Market Square (Marktplatz)

Market Square (Marktplatz) (HMNYO)

Location: Fredericksburg, TX 78624 Gillespie County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 16.58', W 98° 52.382'

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This Square, originally a two-block area which included what is now called the Courthouse Square, has been at the center of Fredericksburg since the city's founding in 1846. The area was still heavily forested when the town's Vereins Kirche was built in the center of Main street in 1847. The octagonal building served as a community church, meeting place, school, and refuge from possible Indian attacks.

A county jail was built on the Square in 1852. In 1856 a public schoolhouse was constructed and the school classes moved out of the Vereins Kirche. In 1911 the schoolhouse was converted to serve as headquarters for the volunteer fire department.

The Vereins Kirche, demolished in 1897, was reconstructed in 1934-35 as a pioneer memorial, serving as the county's first museum (1936) and library (1939). As part of its centennial celebration, the State of Texas erected a monument on Market Square in honor of Baron Ottfried Hans Freiherr Von Meusebach, whose colonization efforts led to the founding of Fredericksburg. In 1987 the city purchased the property from the school district. The Market Square has served as a gathering place for special community activities and has remained a focal point of the city.
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HM NumberHMNYO
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Marker Number10079_MARKER
Year Placed1992
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 3:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 512211 N 3349412
Decimal Degrees30.27633333, -98.87303333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 16.58', W 98° 52.382'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 16' 34.80" N, 98° 52' 22.92" W
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Area Code(s)830
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 126 W Main St, Fredericksburg TX 78624, US
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