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Las Fontanas — Comal Springs

Las Fontanas — Comal Springs

In 1845, Prince Carl founded New Braunfels and named the city for his German home of Solms-Braunfels. The site was chosen because of the nearby Las Fontanas (Comal Springs). Comal Springs are the largest group of natural springs in the American Southwest and are the headwaters of the 3-mile-long Comal River, said to be the shortest river in the United States. Comal Springs are also the largest artesian springs west of the Mississippi River. Unique underground formations of these springs are an important part of the Edwards Aquifer.

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