Boerne's History

According to the Handbook of Texas: "Boerne, the county seat of Kendall County, is located on Cibolo Creek, Interstate Highway 10, and U.S. Highway 87 thirty miles northwest of San Antonio in the southern part of the county." This timeline was created by Bettie Edmonds and Natalie Morgan.

1830-01-01 15:26:26

1830s

The Texas Hill Country wasn't settled due to the presence of Native Americans.

1836-03-01 00:00:00

1836

The Republic of Texas was established following the Battle at San Jacinto.

1839-01-01 00:00:00

1839

The Waterloo Settlement, so named in 1837, was changed to Austin.

1839-08-16 04:31:52

1839

John Coffee "Jack" Hays, Deputy Supervisor of Bexar County, surveyed land between what became Sisterdale and Comfort.

1840-01-01 00:00:00

1840

John James, Deputy Supervisor of Bexar County, surveyed land that the plot of Boerne was carved out of.

1840-05-11 14:18:37

1840s

Settlement of the Texas Hill Country, which began in the middle 1840s, was facilitated by two ancient trails (The Pinta and Camino Viejo--also known as San Saba Road).

1844-05-11 14:18:37

1844

German and Prussian immigration to Texas was facilitated by the Adelsverein (German Immigration Society).

1845-05-11 14:18:37

1845

New Braunfels, the first Hill Country colony, is founded. **Texas joined the United States as the 28th State.

1846-01-02 21:02:12

1846

Comal County was created through a Texas State Legislative action.

1846-04-01 00:00:00

1846

The colony of Fredericksburg was founded. **War broke out between the U.S. and Mexico.

1847-02-08 22:35:43

1847

Nicolaus Zink became the first settler in the future Kendall County, at the juncture of the Guadalupe River and the Pinta Trail.

1848-02-08 22:35:43

1848

The 2nd Settler, Ottmar von Behr, takes up land adjacent to Nicolaus Zink across the Guadalupe River.

1850-04-01 00:00:00

1850's

Main Plaza is the center point for trading goods. Pioneer homes built using native limestone rock and trees. Indian raids occurred.

1854-04-01 00:00:00

1854

William Dietert opens first Boerne business-- the Saw and Grist Mill.

1855-04-01 00:00:00

1855

Dr. Ferdinand Herff's home built on the Herff Ranch. Henry Wendler General Store opens on Main Street.

1856-01-01 00:00:00

1856

Stagecoach service begins, replacing the Pony Express for mail. August Staffel opens the first post office and stagecoach stop. Texas Rangers under the command of Captain John Sansom came to Boerne because of Indian raids and thievery.

1857-01-01 00:00:00

1857

Julius Fabra Butcher Shop opens on Main Street.

1858-01-01 00:00:00

1858

Phillip Theis Blacksmith Shop opens on Main Street. Kendall Inn, Theis Haus, Henry Wendler house, Phillip Manor, Robert E. Lee, and William Vogt pioneer houses were built.

1860-01-01 00:00:00

1860

Karl Dienger starts the first private school, the Boerne Village Band and the Boerne Gesang Verein (Singing Club). Henry and William Dietert build houses across from each other the Cibolo Creek near the Dietert Mill and Dam.

1861-01-01 00:00:00

Civil War

German settlers who swore allegiance to the Union, take sides in a confederate state. Indian raids persist.

1862-01-01 00:00:00

1862

Kendall County formed and named for George Wilkins Kendall, who introduced wool-bearing sheep from Europe. Kendall was the first editor of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and in the 1840s he became the first war correspondent.

1864-01-01 00:00:00

1864

Boerne Schuetzen Verein Shooting Club formed.

1865-01-01 00:00:00

1865

Bickel family massacred by the Indians - oldest known burial in the Boerne Cemetery. Kuhfuss- Schweppe home built was temporary county offices.

1867-01-01 00:00:00

1867

St. Peter's Catholic Church built by George Wilkins Kendall for his wife, outside of the city limits. No churches were allowed in city. Boerne Cemetery officially opened. Many previous burials with unmarked graves still exist in the old section.

1870-01-01 00:00:00

1870's

Cattle drives by new English settlers. Post Civil War growth.

1870-01-01 00:00:00

1870

Kendall County Courthouse completed on San Antonio Street. First Boerne public school built on Blanco Street. Herman Toepperwein was the first teacher

1872-01-01 00:00:00

1872

Hall Mansion built across from Phillip Manor.

1878-01-01 00:00:00

1878

St. Helena's Episcopal Church, the first church allowed within city limits, is built on Main Street. Organized by the English settlers.

1879-01-01 00:00:00

1879

First Methodist Church built on James Street. Weyrich-Beissner General Store opens on North Main Street. Alexander Kaiser house built by the Catholic church.

1880-01-01 00:00:00

1880

James-Sykes house built on Oak Park. Kuhlmann Apothecary opens.

1880-01-01 00:00:00

1880's

Railroad comes to Boerne. Hotels and Sanitariums built to handle respiratory patients and Resorts influx. More Victorian influence.

1881-01-01 00:00:00

1881

Bonnet-Davis Pioneer Sunday house built by Veteran's Park.

1883-01-01 00:00:00

1883

Telegraph in Boerne. Eugene Laue is the first operator.

1884-01-01 00:00:00

1884

Kendall County Jail built. Joseph Dienger Building and General Store built next to Plaza.

1885-01-01 00:00:00

1885

Kuhlmann-King house built by William Kuhlmann.

1886-01-01 00:00:00

1886

Toepperwein-Hovey house built on Oak Park.

1887-01-01 00:00:00

1887

Ebensberger Funeral Home began. It is the oldest business in town still operating. Fabra Smokehouse built for Fabra Meat Market. San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad replaces the stagecoach. The Livery Stable met trains and provided transportation.

1888-01-01 00:00:00

1888

Opera House built on Main and San Antonio streets.

1890-01-01 00:00:00

1890's

A period of steady growth for population and businesses.

1890-01-01 00:00:00

1890

Ort Bakery / Saloon and Krause Building started on South Main Street. Newspaper, "The Boerne Post," replaces the "Register." Boerne Hermann Sons Lodge #25 organized. Albert Kutzer, Schrader-Hartmann, Hagemann-McGinnis houses, and the Henry J. Graham Building built.

1890-01-01 00:00:00

1891

Max Beseler Bar opens on Main Street.

1894-01-01 00:00:00

1894

A.S. Toepperwein house built. He was a master cabinet and furniture maker with the trademark, "Ringtail Rino."

1898-01-01 00:00:00

1898

Christian Schrader bought the old Livery Stable and later converted it when automobiles came to town.

1900-01-01 00:00:00

1900

Boerne Chamber of Commerce forms out of Business Mens Assn. Julius Phillip house is built. He became county judge. Boerne White Sox baseball team begins. William Ziegler Building builds and houses the hardware store.

1900-01-01 00:00:00

1900's

The City of Boerne becomes incorporated. War comes and electricity is introduced.

1902-01-01 00:00:00

1902

H.O. Adler Store opens.

1903-01-01 00:00:00

1903

Beseler-Harz home built.

1904-01-01 00:00:00

1904

Boerne Turn Verein organized.

1905-01-01 00:00:00

1905

Boerne Masonic Lodge formed. Amman Davis house built.

1906-01-01 00:00:00

1906

First Kendall County Fair. First automobiles appear changing livery stables to gas stations. "Boerne Star" replaces "The Post" newspaper. Paul Holekamp house built. Boerne State Bank opens.

Boerne's History

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