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


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

1836-03-01 00:00:00


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

1839-01-01 00:00:00


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

1839-08-16 04:31:52


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

1840-01-01 00:00:00


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

1840-05-11 14:18:37


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


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

1845-05-11 14:18:37


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

1846-01-02 21:02:12


Comal County was created through a Texas State Legislative action.

1846-04-01 00:00:00


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

1847-02-08 22:35:43


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


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

1850-04-01 00:00:00


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


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

1855-04-01 00:00:00


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

1856-01-01 00:00:00


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


Julius Fabra Butcher Shop opens on Main Street.

1858-01-01 00:00:00


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


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


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


Boerne Schuetzen Verein Shooting Club formed.

1865-01-01 00:00:00


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


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


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

1870-01-01 00:00:00


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


Hall Mansion built across from Phillip Manor.

1878-01-01 00:00:00


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


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


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

1880-01-01 00:00:00


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

1881-01-01 00:00:00


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

1882-05-01 00:00:00


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.

1883-01-01 00:00:00


Telegraph in Boerne. Eugene Laue is the first operator.

1884-01-01 00:00:00


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

1885-01-01 00:00:00


Kuhlmann-King house built by William Kuhlmann.

1886-01-01 00:00:00


Toepperwein-Hovey house built on Oak Park.

1888-01-01 00:00:00


Opera House built on Main and San Antonio streets.

1890-01-01 00:00:00


A period of steady growth for population and businesses.

1890-01-01 00:00:00


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


Max Beseler Bar opens on Main Street.

1894-01-01 00:00:00


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

1898-01-01 00:00:00


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

1900-01-01 00:00:00


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


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

1902-01-01 00:00:00


H.O. Adler Store opens.

1903-01-01 00:00:00


Beseler-Harz home built.

1904-01-01 00:00:00


Boerne Turn Verein organized.

1905-01-01 00:00:00


Boerne Masonic Lodge formed. Amman Davis house built.

1906-01-01 00:00:00


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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