Boerne Texas Real Estate
Boerne is a city in the Hill Country of Texas in the United States. It is the county seat of Kendall County.
Surrounded by the beautiful Texas Hill County, just 30 minutes from downtown San Antonio, Boerne, Texas, is a wonderful combination of Old World charm and Texas hospitality. The tastefully restored Hauptstrausse (Main Street) offers a feast of antique, gift, and art galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, turn-of-the-century European architecture, and picturesque gardens and greenbelts. The delightful small town ambiance enlivens the spirit and warms the heart. Come experience Boerne, the perfect setting for relaxation of the body and restoration of the soul.
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History of Boerne Real Estate
The city of Boerne is named for Ludwig Borne, who inspired many young men to leave Germany in the 1840’s and travel to the new world. Some of these German pioneers created a settlement called “Tusculum” near present day Johns Road. Even after most of the original creators had moved on, a few of the men decided to remain and named the area Boerne.
The land on which the settlement stood was eventually bought by Gustav Theissen and John James, who platted the town in 1851. As businesses grew and stagecoach routes began to appear in the area, Boerne itself began to develop as well. A post office and stage stop was opened by August Staffel in 1856. William Dietert established Boerne’s first business, a gristmill and sawmill on the Cibolo Creek. Soon the town was in possession of a blacksmith shop, a livery stable, a butcher shop, a saloon and a general store. Professor Karl Dienger even created a private school in the 1860’s.
Because Boerne had been established by “free thinkers” – Germans who had no religion – churches were not permitted in Boerne. Legend tells of signs posted outside the city limits warning that preachers found inside the town after sunset would be shot. George Wilkins Kendall decided to build a Catholic church to honor his wife in 1860, and he was forced to build south of town, outside the city limits. St. Peter’s Church stands on what is now Main Street. The first church built inside the city limits was the Episcopal Church, erected in 1881 by British settlers.
In 1887, the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad began daily treks to Boerne from San Antonio, replacing the use of the stagecoach. The railroad brought mail and newspapers from San Antonio daily and cut travel time between the two cities to three hours. Tourism expanded, and Boerne grew considerably larger.
Many people suffering from lung ailments traveled to Boerne to recuperate. It has been said that at one time, Boerne contained more invalids and sick people than healthy citizens. Apparently, the people of Boerne grew tired of having so much illness around. When the owners of the Veterans Administration Hospital offered to build their facility in Boerne, they were turned down and the hospital was instead erected in the nearby town of Kerrville.
Not long after the turn of the century, Boerne acquired electricity, telephone capacity and telegraphs. An opera house was built to house cultural events and was the site of the first Kendall County Fair in 1906. Agriculture was thriving, with crops such as cotton, corn, wheat, rye, Irish potatoes and tobacco reigning in the area. Shortly after the opera house opened, automobiles began to arrive. The town was incorporated in 1909. William John Wilke served as the town’s first mayor and taxes were set at 25 cents per $100.
The entire community felt the heartache and loss brought home by the deaths of family and friends in World War I. A monument was erected and dedicated in 1923 to honor the deceased. Still standing in Veteran’s Park (Military Plaza), that monument now includes memorials to those who fought and died in all subsequent wars.
The Great Depression was perhaps the biggest shock to the town since its founding. After the stock market crashed, tourism slowed considerably and the cotton crop was all but destroyed by the boll weevil.
Many of the soldiers who returned home from World War II in the 1940’s found that Boerne had changed significantly and moved on to bigger cities, but the area continued to expand. Boerne Utilities Company was established, as well as a sewer plant. Boerne City Lake was made to prevent flooding and a dam was built on the Cibolo Creek. The population nearly doubled in size from 1940 to 1970 and the city was prosperous.
Today, Boerne is a popular place for tourists to scavenge for antiques, view historic buildings and relax in the comfort of a small town. Several community activities take place throughout the seasons and Boerne can now boast that it has more than 8,000 citizens who are proud to call this town home.
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Geography of Northeast Real Estate or Homes for Sale
Boerne is located at 29°47'40?N 98°43'53?W/29.79444°N 98.73139°W / 29.79444; -98.73139 (29.794445, -98.731483), 30 miles (48 km) northwest of San Antonio.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.1 square miles (15.9 km˛), of which, 5.8 square miles (15.1 km˛) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km˛) of its (4.74%) is water.
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Household Composition of Boerne
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,178 people, 2,292 households, and 1,613 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,061.1 people per square mile (409.9/km˛). There were 2,466 housing units at an average density of 423.5/sq mi (163.6/km˛). The racial makeup of the city was 94.76% White, 0.36% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.29% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.44% of the population.
There were 2,292 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 84.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.1 males.
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Schools of Boerne Real Estate
Boerne Independent School District has two high schools, Boerne High School and Boerne V. Champion High School. The colors for Boerne High School are purple and white, with gray or silver used as an accent color; the school mascot is the Greyhound. Boerne Middle School originally had blue and white as their colors with the mascot being the Pups, but they have adopted the same colors and mascot as the high school.
The new high school, Boerne Champion High School, recently opened for the class of 2009. It shares the site with new Cibolo Creek Elementary. The Mascot will be the Chargers, the colors navy blue and white. It is named after former Boerne High School teacher and principal Sam Champion, who died on January 8, 2007 after a long battle with brain cancer.
Boerne High School has been noted nationwide for its excellent Advanced Placement program, which has unusually high participation and success rates compared to similar schools around the United States. In the year 2007, eight B.H.S. students qualified in the National Merit Scholarship Program, with one receiving a scholarship; the 2007 Boerne Independent School District teacher of the year is Mr. Paul Yoder.
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