The Founders Oak, New Braunfels

The Founders Oak, New Braunfels

The Founders Oak in Landa Park, New Braunfels, is one of the mightiest trees in Texas. Dating from around 1700, the immense tree is believed to be an Indian Marker Tree, based on the fact that it extends horizontally, plus for being situated close to fresh water. Indian Marker Trees were trees tied sideways by Native Americans to mark favorable watering sites. While I can not verify this claim about the Founders Oak, I can assure you that this is one amazing tree. Its tremendous size alone makes it noteworthy, and it stands as a landmark in a town known throughout the state for its recreational attributes. The people of New Braunfels are rightly proud of their tree, as the plentiful plaques and time capsule situated around the tree attest. I first learned of the tree from Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express News travel writer and Home and Garden Editor, Tracy Lehmann. Since hearing about it from her, I have been inundated with requests from San Antonio people to go and see the hulking tree for myself. To learn more about the wonderful places to visit in Texas and how to care for our natural wonders, write to Tracy tlehmann@express-news.net I was not disappointed. You will not be, either.