There is a park in the central Texas town of New Braunfels where a monarch reigns. His reign has continued uninterrupted for at least 300 years. Like a proper monarch, he holds court from his throne and his subjects visit every day to pay their respects. A visit fills you with a sense of awe.
The Founders’ Oak has been a landmark in Central Texas for a long time, first for the Native Americans and then for the German Settlers who founded the town. Named during the Texas Sesquicentennial, the tree hosts a time capsules and boasts an impressive plaque which charts world history during the tree’s 300-year reign. An iron fence guards the king. Being close to fresh water has no doubt contributed to the incredible size of the tree which measures 17 feet in circumference. Aside from the size, the most extraordinary feature is the surprising growth pattern that propels the great trunk sideways. People suspect the Founders’ Oak may be one of the elusive Indian Marker Trees, tied down by the Native Americans to mark a watering site. While the story can’t be confirmed, it only adds to the mythic persona surrounding this giant.
Find the time to visit the Founders’ Oak, located in Landa Park in New Braunfels. After all, you wouldn’t want to disappoint a monarch.