|Comal County celebrates 160th birthday |
More than 100 citizens and officials turned out to help Comal County celebrate its 160th birthday on Friday.
In a special ceremony at the Comal County Courthouse, county commissioners joined citizens in marking the 160th anniversary of the county with speeches from several of the commissioners, a German choir, and a rendition of "Happy Birthday" with crowd participation.
State Rep. Carter Casteel was the featured speaker at the event. She noted the tradition-rich history of the county and emphasized the importance of studying and celebrating that history.
Commissioners Jay Millikin, Gregory Parker and Jan Kennady also spoke to the large crowd on hand and thanked them for their support.
Parker pointed out that the county's operating budget in its first year was only $512 and now sits at an astounding $39 million.
The county was formed in 1846 from the Eighth Precinct of Bexar County after many settlers were attracted to the area's rich farm and ranch land. The first county elections were held on July 13, 2020 and that in 1850, New Braunfels was the fourth largest city in Texas.
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