A biography of Adolph A. Reichenau and facts concerning the landmark mountain gap bearing his name in Kimble County will be featured when an official Texas historical marker is dedicated Sunday afternoon, September 20, at 2:00 o’clock in the Community Hall in London. Following the program, the marker will be unveiled at its location south of London on Highway 377. A reception will be held at the community hall.
Reichenau Gap was an important site along the Great Western Cattle Trail, and today’s highway continues to be routed through the pass between the hills.
Adolph Reichenau, who arrived in Texas in the 1840’s, came to newly-created but unorganized Kimble County in the early 1860’s and settled along the banks of Ionia Creek, later to be known as Big Saline, a tributary of the Llano River. Foremost among the family’s early struggles in settling the untamed frontier was the constant threat of raids by hostile Native Americans. Several of the neighbors were killed, and Reichenau lost most of his livestock to the marauders. Finally, the family moved back to Mason County, where more protection was afforded by soldiers at Fort Mason.
A history of the immigrant Reichenau family and its role in Texas history has been compiled by one of the descendants, Kay Ponder of Baytown, and will be related by Reichenau family members. Charles Reichenau of Mason will introduce his patriarch’s descendants during the dedication program.
Everyone is invited to the day’s activities, sponsored by Kimble County Historical Commission. Additional information is available by calling 325-446-2477 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .