Connecting New Braunfels to the World

297 W. San Antonio St.

In 1879, when the International and Great Northern Railroad bought property here to build a depot, the future of New Braunfels was sealed! The first passenger train arrived in 1880. A few years later, a young woman, Helen Gould, daughter of  railroad magnate Jay Gould, came here to visit the Landa family. She saw the potential to draw people to the beautiful property known as Landa Park and promised to help secure a spur into the property. This was the birth of tourism in our city!