A TOUCH OF GERMANY IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY
WILLKOMMEN to Boerne, (pronounced Bernie) Texas. It is easy to understand why Boerne is ranked as one of the top places to live in Texas. This small town with a population of approximately 18,000 combines an active rural lifestyle with the amenities offered by nearby San Antonio, Texas. Boerne is located just minutes north of the San Antonio Medical Center, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Fiesta Texas. With accessible employment, top rated medical facilities and a well-regarded public-school district it is understandable why Boerne is a highly ranked area for raising a family, in addition to being a sought-after location for retirement living.
The town of Boerne was established in 1849 by German immigrants who founded the original settlement along the Cibolo Creek. Originally named “Tusculum” for the home of Roman philosopher Cicero, the town was later officially renamed in 1852 after German poet Ludwig Borne.
In 1870, the courthouse was built and remains the second oldest still functioning courthouse in the State of Texas. The town thrived first as a health and wellness resort and then continued to grow with the arrival of the San Antonio and Aransas Pass railroad. Prosperity took a downturn in the 1930s with the Great Depression and the town’s population declined significantly. But with San Antonio’s economic growth and employment opportunities rebounding in the 1950’s, Boerne once again became a popular place to live.
But it isn’t always about work. The town has stayed true to its German heritage while continuing to grow in cultural diversity. With strong Hill Country values and abundant year long recreational activities, families are rapidly embracing the Boerne lifestyle. Browse Boerne’s Hill Country Mile for charming boutiques, shops and cafes. The town has a walkable outdoor art “gallery” along with stunning architecture and historic buildings. Boerne is also recognized as the starting point for touring the Texas Hill Country wineries and breweries. And if that isn’t enough, you have the Texas Corvette Show, the Boerne Berges Fest, Boerne Market Days and Dickens on Main just to mention a few of the almost year-round festivals and community events. No wonder why so many call Boerne, Texas, their ZUHAUSE!