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The oldest part of the Emil Klar complex, shown in 2005, was built more than 150 years ago.

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Harrison House in Selma, and the Schumann-Scheel House, slated for future upgrades, in Converse.

Hindes, who is now the city archaeologist in San Antonio, “for years has shared her vast experience and knowledge regarding structure types, history and the legalities of historic preservation with the committee,” Heide said.

The house, built in 1852 on a 12-acre site along the Cibolo Creek, is one of only two remaining original structures in Selma — the other being the nearby Selma Stage Stop. Harrison House in Selma looked prior to restoration in 2014.

The house, built in 1852 on a 12-acre site along the Cibolo Creek, is one of only two remaining original structures in Selma ...

The Monken family and descendants, who can trace their lineage to early German immigrants in Texas in the 1840s, have maintained “one of the early German homesteads in Texas” at one of the spotlighted properties, according to the site. Nine months later, after an arduous journey that included the death of his mother and two siblings, Monken’s family settled in New Braunfels.

German-born Bernard Monken, at age 10, came to Texas with his parents and three siblings, landing at Galveston after six weeks at sea with more than 200 other immigrants in 1845 — the year Texas was annexed as a U. Married and in his 40s, Monken moved to Bexar County in about 1875.

The house has been “beautifully restored and incorporated into the Balcones Creek Ranch development in northwest Bexar County near the Kendall County line,” according to the website. “The retention of these historic structures are wonderful examples of how a developer can successfully integrate history into a new housing development instead of destroying old structures,” the website states.

The Bracht-Stapper complex, dating to the 1840s, includes a family cemetery, farmstead and simple building known as the Bracht Jacal.

“Reading through almost any property exhibit will leave you with the feeling that you know the people who lived there; that they are a neighbor.

The detail in these exhibits is fascinating and it does tell the story of San Antonio,” said William Sands, site webmaster and former farm and ranch chairman.

The city wants to designate all of these structures as historic landmarks to protect them from possible demolition.