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Boerne in Kendall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Main Plaza

 
 
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By James Hulse, April 26, 2021
1. Main Plaza Marker
Inscription.  

THE HEART OF BOERNE

Main Plaza was the lifeblood of the town, similar to plazas in German towns. John Edward Vogt recalls the importance of the plaza during his childhood in the 1930s. It was a favorite place for the schoolchildren to play baseball, football, and other games.

"The Kendall Inn was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Hickman. Mr. Hickman was the Mayor of Boerne at that time, and Boerne was a popular vacation spot for many people from Shreveport, Beaumont, Houston and other east Texas towns. They would spend part of the summer in Boerne's spas and resorts, a favorite being the Kendall Inn. If we kids would be playing during the early part of the afternoon, Mayor Hickman would send the City Marshall to make us leave because we were disturbing his guests while they were trying to rest.

Ah...small town politics."
- John Edward Vogt

OLDEST GERMAN BAND NOT IN GERMANY

Each summer the Boerne Village Band plays on the Plaza. Karl Dienger organized the band in 1860 and Ottmar von Behr soon became a key participant in the band. His children and later his grandchildren became
The Main Plaza Marker is the marker on the left of the two markers image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, April 26, 2021
2. The Main Plaza Marker is the marker on the left of the two markers
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directors and players down through four generations (and still counting!). The band stayed together through the Civil War and later World Wars.

Germany has given prestigious recognition to this long-lived band. In 1988, the Federal Republic of Germany gave the director its Friendship Award and on a state visit to Houston in 1992, the German President, Richard von Weizsäcker, praised the German musical tradition of Boerne. A special moment came in 1996 when the German President Roman Herzog presented the band with the most distinguished award for folk music in Germany, the Pro-Musica Plakette. The Boerne Village Band now proudly calls itself the "Oldest Continuously Organized German Band in the World outside of Germany Itself."

Captions
Victorian Pavilion on Main Plaza. 1900

BOERNE BAND- 1902
Front L-R: Alexander Kaiser, Professor Hoepfenerter, Eddie Vanderstatter
Back L-R: Ed Kuhfuss, Bruno Phillip, Chris Bergmann, William Kuhfuss, Ed Clemens,
Henry Schrader, Julius A. Phillip, Freddie Stendebach, Unknown.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1860.
 
Location. 29° 47.629′ N, 98° 44.024′ W. Marker is in Boerne, Texas, in Kendall County. Marker can be reached
The general view of the markers by the parking lot image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, April 26, 2021
3. The general view of the markers by the parking lot
from West Blanco Road 0.1 miles west of North Main Street (Business U.S. 87). The marker is located at the entrance of the Cibolo Creek Trail which goes down to the river. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 128 West Blanco Road, Houston TX 77006, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ye Kendall Inn (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Ye Kendall Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); German Music in Boerne (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Joseph Dienger Building (about 500 feet away); Fabra Smokehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kendall County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kendall County (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Helena's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boerne.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 28, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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