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Taken 17-Feb-08
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Keywords:Texas Historical Marker, Gillespie County Historical Marker, Birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN
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Dimensions3008 x 2000
Original file size2.63 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken17-Feb-08 15:19
Date modified17-Feb-08 15:19
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Camera modelNIKON D50
Focal length18 mm
Focal length (35mm)27 mm
Max lens aperturef/3.5
Exposure1/125 at f/5
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
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Birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN

Birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN

Gillespie County, Texas
30 16.361' N 98 52.158' W
247 E. Main Street

Text: Typical early Fredericksburg home built 1866 by Carl Basse. Property of the Henke family since 1873. Heinrich Henke, early settler, Confederate freighter had butcher counter on front porch; meat processing was done in back yard; there the horses that pulled meat vending cart were stabled. Shop later built on foundation of stone walls surrounding lot. He and his wife Dorothea (nee Weirich) added the long dining room and kitchen with sloped roof to accommodate their twelve children. Many of their furnishings are preserved by Udo Henke, a descendant. In small room to rear of front bedroom, on Feb. 24, 1885, their daughter, Anna Henke Nimitz, gave birth to Chester William Nimitz, destined to command the greatest naval armada in history. A 1905 honor graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy, Nimitz was chief of staff to commander, Atlantic Submarine Fleet, W.W.I. Installed first naval ROTC unit in U. S. Navy, 1926; selected commander in chief Pacific Fleet after attack on Pearl Harbor; appointed fleet admiral, U. S. Navy, 1944. As representative of the U. S. he signed Japanese surrender documents of his flagship, USS Missouri, Sept. 2, 1945 in Tokyo Bay. Admiral Nimitz died in San Francisco on Feb. 20, 1966.