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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Boerne, Texas

Clickable Map of Kendall County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Kendall County, TX (89) Bandera County, TX (52) Bexar County, TX (626) Blanco County, TX (42) Comal County, TX (111) Gillespie County, TX (294) Kerr County, TX (97)  KendallCounty(89) Kendall County (89)  BanderaCounty(52) Bandera County (52)  BexarCounty(626) Bexar County (626)  BlancoCounty(42) Blanco County (42)  ComalCounty(111) Comal County (111)  GillespieCounty(294) Gillespie County (294)  KerrCounty(97) Kerr County (97)
Boerne is the county seat for Kendall County
Boerne is in Kendall County
      Kendall County (89)  
      Bandera County (52)  
      Bexar County (626)  
      Blanco County (42)  
      Comal County (111)  
      Gillespie County (294)  
      Kerr County (97)  
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1 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 17654 — Adolph Toepperwein
In the 1880s, elements of the Old West were fading and became romanticized through Wild West shows. These promotions created opportunities for those with skills, including sharp-shooters. Adolph (Ad) Toepperwein was born in Boerne on October 16, . . . Map (db m172076) HM
2 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 383 — Beseler House
Civic leader and Boerne businessman Maximilian Beseler (1866-1939) had this stone Victorian cottage built for his parents, Charles and Minna Beseler, in 1903. A native of Prussia, Charles Beseler came to Texas in 1848 and served for many years as a . . . Map (db m212880) HM
3 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — BoerneKendall County, Texas — Founded 1852 —
A treasure found in the magnificent Texas Hill Country, Boeme (pronounced "Bernie") originally was settled over 150 years ago by German Immigrants who first entered this land near the cool waters of Cibolo Creek. The town was plotted in 1852 by . . . Map (db m212520) HM
4 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 445 — Boerne Cemetery
​ When Adam Vogt (1822-1882) deeded land for this cemetery to the city in 1867, there were already some graves present. The earliest documented burial, that of Anton Peter Loth, dates to 1862. In the older sections of the cemetery are graves . . . Map (db m155737) HM
5 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 17334 — Boerne Chapter No. 200 - O.E.S.
The foundations of the Order of the Eastern Star began in the 1840s and, by 1867, developed into a system of local chapters. Eastern Star is dedicated to the principles of truth, charity, and loving kindness. Organized in June 1910, the Boerne . . . Map (db m171993) HM
6 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 23222 — Camino Real de San Saba (Camino Viejo) in Kendall County
Beginning in the 1700s, the Camino Real de San Saba extended northwest from San Antonio through the Comanche and Apache - dominated Hill Country to the Spanish Fort on the San Saba River named Presidio San Luis de las Amarillas. A portion of the . . . Map (db m212877) HM
7 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 749 — Cascade Cavern
Probably formed during the Pleistocene epoch by the underground passage of the Cibolo River, Cascade Cavern presents an interesting mix of geological, archeological,and historical features. It exhibits a combination of the joint and the dip and . . . Map (db m46924) HM
8 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 17655 — Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig von Herff
In the 1850s, a few courageous and well-trained European doctors responded to the health needs of the citizens of San Antonio. For more than fifty years, Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig von Herff worked tirelessly to provide leadership and medical knowledge . . . Map (db m208512) HM
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9 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 1337 — Early Boerne Schoolhouses
The origins of public schools in Boerne date to 1873, when the Boerne Gesangenverein donated land on which to erect a schoolhouse. A two-room stone building was completed in 1874 and served children in all grades. A small frame building was added to . . . Map (db m128111) HM
10 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 1546 — Fabra Smokehouse
A native of Germany, Julius Fabra (1827-1910) migrated to this area in 1854. After working as a freight hauler, he opened a meat market to serve the local farms. His son Ludwig (1858-1929) joined the business at the age of eighteen and constructed . . . Map (db m171950) HM
11 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 2169 — George Wilkins Kendall(August 22, 1809 - October 21, 1867)
A native of New Hampshire, George Wilkins Kendall was a journalist by profession. He was co-founder of the New Orleans "Picayune" newspaper in 1837. Kendall later wrote books chronicling his experiences with the 1841 Texan Santa Fe Expedition and . . . Map (db m171934) HM
12 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 2175 — German Music in Boerne
German music professor Karl Dienger, who immigrated to Boerne in 1855, organized a singing club (gesang verein) and band in Boerne in 1860. Dienger's music group consisted of musicians from throughout the area and was commonly known as the Boerne . . . Map (db m155744) HM
13 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 2449 — Henry J. Graham Building
Constructed on Main Street in the late nineteenth century, this building first served as an office for the real estate, insurance, and private banking interests of Henry J. Graham (1854-1936). Born in Brazil, Graham came to Boerne in the 1870s. He . . . Map (db m171963) HM
14 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — History of Veterans Plaza
Veterans Plaza has been referred to by several names over the years including Public Square, Military Place, and Veterans Plaza. The original memorial monument was provided by Henry & Graham, a very active local businessman who dealt in real . . . Map (db m237667) HM
15 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 2544 — Homesite of Albert Paul Kutzer
A native of Kendall County, Albert Paul Kutzer (1871-1925) was the eldest son of German immigrants Reinhold and Pauline (Holzinger) Kutzer. A merchant and gin operator, he became one of Boerne's leading businessman. He also served as mayor from . . . Map (db m172049) HM
16 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 2726 — James House
This two-story limestone house is believed to have been built about 1880 by Ives Brown for Ichabod and Alice Kingsbury. In 1925 it was purchased by Maria (Williams) James (1859-1940), daughter-in-law of John James, the pioneer surveyor and early . . . Map (db m212870) HM
17 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 2857 — Joseph Dienger Building
This limestone commercial structure was built for Joseph Dienger (1859-1950) shortly after he purchased the site in 1884. The ground floor housed his grocery and the second floor provided living quarters for his family. A later addition was used . . . Map (db m171948) HM
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18 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 2888 — Julius A. and Anna Phillip House
Built about 1900, this was the home of Kendall County Justice of the Peace and County Judge Julius A. Phillip (1867-1935), his wife Anna (Meckel) (1867-1961) and their eight children. Originally built as a 4-room house, it was enlarged in the 1920s . . . Map (db m237669) HM
19 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 2920 — Kendall County
Created January 10, 1862 Organized February 18, 1862 Named in honor of George Wilkins Kendall 1809-1867 Poet, journalist, author and farmer One of the founders of the New Orleans Picayune Member of the Santa Fe Expedition . . . Map (db m111220) HM
20 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 2921 — Kendall County Courthouse
First and only courthouse in county. Erected 1869-1870, seven years after county organization. Many locally prominent men were associated with the structure. The first county judge, Joseph Graham, was appointed U.S. Consul to Argentina. The . . . Map (db m111219) HM
21 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 15599 — Kendall Masonic Lodge No. 897
Efforts to form a Masonic lodge in Boerne began in 1904. On December 7, 1905, the Grande Lodge of Texas granted a charter to Kendall Lodge No. 897, and A.J. Woods, L.W. King, Sr. and U.A. Shirar, Jr. served as the first principal officers. A fire . . . Map (db m171995) HM
22 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 2977 — Kuhlmann-King House
This structure was built in the late 1880s as a residence for German native William Kuhlmann (1856-1918), a successful pharmacist and landholder. He sold the home in 1908 to Selina Long King (1831-1910), whose sons . . . Map (db m128114) HM
23 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — Lott Lines
Colonel Uriah Lott, born 1842 in Albany, New York, departed the summer of 1866 aboard the Illinois Central for a three and one-half day trip to New Orleans. From there Col. Lott boarded a United States Mail Steamship owned and operated by the . . . Map (db m173883) HM
24 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — Main Plaza
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 . . . Map (db m172096) HM
25 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 3595 — Nicolaus Zink
In 1844, Bavarian-born civil engineer Nicolaus Zink (1812-1887) was selected to lead a group of German immigrants overseas to establish settlements on a Texas land grant. This colonization effort was headed by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels and . . . Map (db m188518) HM
26 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 17601 — Pinta Trail in Kendall County
The Pinta Trail (Camino Pinta) was a natural pathway through the Hill Country, utilized by Native Americans and later linking to Spanish settlements to the southeast. The path extended about 180 miles northwest from San Antonio to the 1750s . . . Map (db m208671) HM
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27 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — SA and APSan Antonio to Boerne
SAN ANTONIO - M.P. 238 The SA&AP wood frame passenger depot was located at the corner of Aransas Street, later changed to S. Alamo Street. and S. Flores Street. During its operation the ground floor provided passenger services including . . . Map (db m174167) HM
28 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — San Antonio Railroads
The rapid advancement of settlement west of the Mississippi River began in the 1860's, the first trans-continental railroad was completed when the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads joined rails in Utah at a place called Promontory Point. . . . Map (db m172321) HM
29 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — San Antonio, Fredericksburg & Northern Railroad Company (SAF&N)Fredericksburg & Northern Railroad Company (F&N)
As early as 1874 there were attempts to lay ribbons of rail from San Antonio to Fredericksburg. San Antonio businessmen chartered The San Antonio and Fredericksburg Narrow Gauge Railway Company to accomplish this task, but failed. Several other . . . Map (db m173905) HM
30 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 4440 — St. Helena's Episcopal Church
The first Episcopal worship service in Kendall County was held in the Old Kuhfuss Hall in Boerne in 1873. St. Helena's congregation was organized by Bishop R. W. B. Elliott in 1881, and a small wooden church structure was erected on this site. By . . . Map (db m128110) HM
31 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 4484 — St. Peter's Catholic Church
In 1866 Bishop Claude M. Dubuis of Galveston sent a young French immigrant, Emil L. J. R. Fleury, to organize a congregation and build a church to serve Boerne and the outlying towns and army posts. This stone structure was completed in 1867. . . . Map (db m128115) HM
32 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 12546 — Staffel Family and the Staffel Store
German immigrant August Staffel arrived in Texas in 1852 and in due course made his way to Boerne, where he purchased property at this site in 1854. When Boerne was granted a postal station in 1856, Staffel served as first postmaster and housed . . . Map (db m171954) HM
33 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 5460 — Theis House
This pioneer home was built in 1858 by German immigrant Phillip Jacob Theis (1809-1876), an early Kendall County blacksmith and wheelwright. The original part of the Theis House is a dogtrot plan of palisade construction. Willow branches were woven . . . Map (db m237671) HM
34 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — Transportation Timeline
1870's 1875 March 10. The San Antonio and Fredericksburg Narrow Gauge Railway Company is chartered. 1877 February. The arrival of the first steam train into San Antonio on tracks laid by the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio . . . Map (db m172812) HM
35 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — US Air Force Captain Mark "Tyler" VossDecember 16, 1985 - May 3, 2013
Capt Tyler Voss graduated from Boerne High School in 2004 and received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, fulfilling a childhood dream. He graduated from the Academy in 2008 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and was . . . Map (db m173920) HM WM
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36 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — US Army Private First Class Milton A. LeeFebruary 26, 1949 - April 26, 1968
Although he was not a resident of Kendall County, Lee, who was abandoned by his parents at a young age, spent countless evenings, weekends, and summers in Kendall County with his best friend, Charles Nelson. Nelson's mother, Charlene Lori Ives . . . Map (db m173916) HM WM
37 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — US Army Spc. James M. KiehlDecember 22, 1980 - March 23, 2003
After graduating from Comfort High School in 2000, James Kiehl enlisted in the US Army. James Kiehl attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and then transferred to Fort Gordon, Georgia for computer training. Graduating 3rd . . . Map (db m173919) HM WM
38 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — Veterans Plaza Korean War Memorial
Korean War Gordon D. Leesch Bertrum D. WilkinsMap (db m174118) WM
39 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — Veterans Plaza Vietnam War Memorial
Vietnam War By the Grace of God All Our Kendall County Men Returned Home May They Live in Peace and Serenity With Pride Honor and DignityMap (db m174120) WM
40 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — Veterans Plaza World War I Memorial
USA Lest They Be Forgotten This Monument Is Erected as a Memorial by the Graham Family of Boerne Texas In Memory of the Following Named Men From Kendall County Who Died in the Military and Naval Service of the United States During . . . Map (db m174123) WM
41 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — Veterans Plaza World War II Memorial
World War II Calvin U. Behr Sam Cole Otto E. Eichholz Pasqual Guerrero Johnny Menchaca Aaron Roeder Allen Roeder Louis H. Strube Hilmer ZoellerMap (db m174121) WM
42 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — Vogt-Schoch House and Robert E. Lee House
Vogt-Schoch House Mr. J.G. O'Grady built the Kendall House as an inn and stagecoach stop in the 1850s. It was later replaced with the Vogt-Schoch House. He was a colorful character and leader in settling the area. He originally came from . . . Map (db m212519) HM
43 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 18072 — W.G. Hughes
The community of Hastings was established in the late 19th century with the settlement of immigrants from England coming to farm and ranch in Texas. William George (Willy) Hughes moved from Kensington, London, to Texas in 1878 at age 19 to learn . . . Map (db m163344) HM
44 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 16468 — Weyrich Building
Charles (Carl) Weyrich bought this lot in 1877, shortly after relocating from Gillespie County. Weyrich established himself as a tinsmith and married Sophia Beyer in 1878, commissioning this building around the same time. Weyrich’s business . . . Map (db m172053) HM
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45 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — Ye Kendall Inn
WHY BUILD HERE? Erastus and Sarah Reed built the central core of the hotel, which is slightly offset from the two wings, in 1859 as a hotel called the "Reed House." Its location between Fredericksburg and San Antonio made it a key . . . Map (db m172097) HM
46 Texas, Kendall County, Boerne — 5925 — Ye Kendall Inn
The center section of this vernacular Greek Revival structure was built in 1859 as a home for Erastus and Sarah Reed, who had come to Boerne from Georgia. Under later occupants, the home often served as lodging for those traveling through the . . . Map (db m171943) HM
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