The town of Fredericksburg was founded in 1846 by John Meusebach of New Braunfels. Being on the Indian frontier, it was terrorized by Indian raids. In the spring of 1847 Meusebach successfully made a treaty with the Commanche chiefs. The Indians gathered in the nearby mountains and made camp to watch and make sure there was no treachery from the whites while waiting to sign the treaty. They built their fires to signal to one another. Seeing the fires frightened the children of the settlement, who were accustomed to the Indian raids. The mothers told them that the fires were made by the Easter rabbit, who was cooking Easter eggs in large cauldrons which would then be colored for the occasion with dye made from flowers found in the mountains. The story of the night fires quelled the children’s fear, and the legend of the Easter fires was born.
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