Boerne/Fair Oaks Rnch/Cordillera Rnch Real Estate

    Boerne, the county seat of Kendall County, is bordered by Cibolo Creek, Interstate Highway 10, and U.S. Highway 87 some thirty miles northwest of San Antonio in the southern part of the county. In 1849 a group of German colonists from Bettina camped on the north side of Cibolo Creek, about a mile west of present-day Boerne. They called their new community Tusculum, after Cicero’s home in ancient Rome. In 1852 Gustav Theissen and John James laid out the town’s site and changed the name to Boerne in honor of Ludwig Börne, a German poet and publicist. Ironically, Mr. Boerne never visited the town that was named after him.

    Boerne developed the reputation of having a very healthful environment and quickly became known as a health resort. By 1884 it had five hotels, assorted businesses, and 250 residents. Cotton, wool, and grain were the principal shipments, but timber, cedar posts, and building stone were also profitable commodities.

    In spite of the influx of different ethnic groups, the German cultural tradition has dominated the community in many ways. The Boerne Gesangverein, or singing society, which was established in 1860, was an important social and recreational organization until it disbanded in 1977; German community organizations still active include the Boerne Schuetzen Verein (shooting club), which was formed in 1864, and the Boerne Village Band, which was formed about the same time as the singing society. Boerne has also held an annual celebration, the Berges Fest, since 1967.

    Today, Boerne is a destination for shopping, antiquing and weekend getaways. If you ask any resident of Boerne, chances are you will hear that Boerne is absolutely the best place to live in Texas. Beautiful landscapes, an ideal climate, a thriving local economy and proximity to San Antonio combine to make Boerne a prime spot. Hundreds of settlers make Boerne and the surrounding communities their new home every year, and many come seeking a better quality of life. 

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