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Comal County Turns 175-Years-Old Today, Commissioners to Present Resolution

Members of the Comal County Historical Commission celebrated the county's 175th birthday this morning by placing flags around the courthouse in downtown New Braunfels. From left: Rick Reed, John Coers, Linda Dietert and Carolyn Reed.

Comal County turns 175-years-old today.

No official celebrations are planned, but Public Information Officer Cary Zayas said commisioners will present a resolution at Commissioners Court Thursday.

In a statement today, Comal County described itself as “one of the fastest-growing counties in the country” and said “the people of Comal County have made invaluable contributions to the county’s growth, development and advancement.”

Members of the Comal County Historical Commission placed Texas flags around the courthouse this morning to mark the milestone.


On March 24, 1846, the Texas Legislature created Comal County from the Eighth Precinct of Bexar County and named New Braunfels as the county seat.

According to information provided by the historical commission, Comal County was among the first 30 counties created by the Texas Legislature in 1846, shortly after Texas was admitted to the United States.

Prince Carl zu Solms-Braunfels founded the City of New Braunfels on March 21, 1845.

At that time, Bexar County included the entire western part of the Republic of Texas.

In creating Comal County, the legislature described its borders as:

“Beginning at a point on the east bank of the Cibolo river, Bexar county, where the lower line of the N. Michilis’ league (No. 114) crosses the same; thence running in a direct line to the south-west corner of survey No. 21, Class 3, made for the heirs of John Thompson; thence with the south line of said league, North 65 deg. East, to its lower corner, on the bank of the Guadalupe river; thence up amid river with its meanders to the corner of Guadalupe county, on the east bank of said river; thence with the north line of the county of Guadalupe, to its corner, North 50 deg. West from the S.W. corner of Musgrove’s survey; thence running North 50 deg. West, 70,000 varas; thence South 54 deg. West to the Guadalupe river; thence South to the Cibolo; thence down the same with its meanders to the place of beginnng.”

Comal County is named after the Comal River. It’s pronounced Co-MAL, not CO-mal. The origin of the name is unclear, although it is generally interpreted as Spanish for “flat dish.”

It is thought that the name was suggested to the Spanish by the numerous small islands in the river or by the shallow basin through which the river runs, according to the Texas State Historical Association.

To learn more about the history of Comal County, click here. Follow the Comal County Historical Commission on Facebook by clicking here.

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