On both the Chisholm Trail – and the Spanish El Camino Real de los Tejas before that – the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels served as an important water stop and river crossing for weary travelers. The best views of the crossing are upstream from the Faust Street Bridge – which was built in 1887.
The German tradesmen and craftsmen offered everything trail drovers needed to restock. The Sophienburg Museum displays the storefronts and blacksmith tools of the cattle trail era while the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture exhibits German homebuilding and fine furnishings.
Faust Street Bridge
Museum of Handmade Furniture