A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from January 28, 2007
Star of the Texas Hill Country (Comfort slogan)

Comfort calls itself the “Star of the Texas Hill Country.” Some websites claim the title for Wimberley or for Boerne.


Handbook of Texas Online
COMFORT, TEXAS. Comfort, the second largest town in Kendall County, is located at the junction of State Highway 27, U.S. Highway 87, and Interstate Highway 10, sixteen miles northwest of Boerne on the county’s western edge. The town was laid out near the site of an Indian village in 1854 by Ernst Hermann Altgelt, though its history goes back to a group of Germans from New Braunfels that settled in 1852 along the banks of the Cypress Creek above its confluence with the Guadalupe River. Freemasons, freethinkers, and political activists, middle-class German families, and liberals from Bettina and Sisterdale settled the area. Townsmen organized the community along cooperative lines and steadfastly opposed formal local government. Comfort opened a school shortly after its founding, but not until 1892 was a church built. The town was a center of Union sentiment during the Civil War and lost many young men at the battle of the Nueces in 1862. A monument on a hillside across from the high school campus honors these dead. From 1856 until Kendall County was organized in 1862, Comfort competed with Kerrville to become the county seat of Kerr County; Kerrville won.

Hill Country Visitor
Comfort - Star of the Texas Hill Country

Comfort, Texas was established by German settlers 1854. Wearied by their journey from New Braunfels, Texas, the small group was so pleased by this picturesque site and pure water that they named it Camp Comfort. With its abundance of vintage structures, much of the midtown area is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today, Comfort, Texas is a popular tourist area with numerous camps along the Guadalupe River operated by various civic organizations. Visitors enjoy fishing, swimming and camping during summer months. Hunting is popular during the fall and winter. Visitors find Comfort Shopping interesting year round.

Comfort, Texas is a beautiful 17 mile drive to Kerrville, Texas, a popular toursit area. Bandera, Texas, the Cowboy Capital of the World, is a short scenic drive from Comfort. Boerne, Texas, a great place to visit, is also nearby. Comfort, Texas is a short drive to Fredericksburg, Texas, known for its many festivals and unique shops.

An historical marker recognizes the 1930 art deco Comfort Theater, scene of live theater.

Comfort Chamber of Commerce: Comfort History
Comfort is also known for a not-so-pleasant event that took place during the Civil War. Many tourists view the Treue Der Union Monument that was dedicated in honor of 35 men who died at the Battle of the Nueces because they opposed the state’s secession from the Union.

In 1918, Albert Steves erected a bat roost on his family farm and summer home in Comfort. This roost was built to attract bats in an effort to control mosquito populations by natural means. It was originally researched and developed by Dr. Charles Agustus Rosenheimer Campbell of San Antonio. At the time this was the latest in medical technology in the campaign against malaria. At one time there were 16 bat roosts built in the United States and Europe, of which only two sites now remain—one in Comfort and one in the Florida Keys.

Comfort has an incredible beauty, with lush green hills and mild climates, discreetly tucked in the middle of the Hill Country. In fact, it has become known as the “Star of the Texas Hill Country.” There is a feeling of peace and contentment in this small community, which has been here from the beginning. 

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Main Street Boerne
Welcome to Main Street Boerne! We want you to feel right at home here, so we’ve put together lots of choices so you can spend some time and get to know us a little better. We’re proud of our town and of the wonderful shops located here. If you look around, you’re sure to find some things that will interest you and keep you coming back. We hope that you’ll return and watch us as we grow, and that we’ll be able to bring you a little taste of how wonderful it is to be here in Boerne - the star of the Texas Hill Country!

Blair House (Wimberley, TX)
Gracious hospitality and meticulous attention to detail are the hallmarks of Blair House. Our wonderful Fine Country Inn / Bed and Breakfast is located in the Texas Hill Country in Wimberley. Art filled rooms, private baths, fine linen, fresh flowers, chocolates, incredible food, and charming ambiance await you at the Inn. Comfort and relaxation are top priority. Wimberley, The Star of the Texas Hill Country, is a wonderful destination. Enjoy a massage, sauna, hiking, reading, or a nap in a hammock. Your spirit is revived at this Texas Hill Country Walden Pond. Blair House Bed and Breakfast / Country Inn, makes you feel special with the ultimate pampering. 

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Sunday, January 28, 2007 • Permalink