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The beginnings of Boerne - Event in/near Boerne


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The beginnings of Boerne


- In 1852 Gustav Theissen and John James laid out the town site and named it Boerne in honor of Ludwig Boerne, a German author and publicist. Boerne developed the reputation of having a very healthful environment and quickly became a health resort with the arrival of the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway in 1887.


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The beginnings of Boerne

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The Boerne Opera House 1888 - in/near Boerne

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Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)

The Boerne Opera House


Built in 1888 with opera being the popular entertainment of the times. As vaudeville (comedic acts, song and dance/burlesque) became popular the Opera House became a vaudeville stage and was renamed the Plaza Theatre. As the "talkie" pictures became popular vaudeville faded and the Opera House became a movie theater. In 1966 the Opera House was torn down and the Ebner Pharmacy built their shop there. This photo (1910) shows the Boerne Gesang Verein singing club - that was begun to compliment the Boerne German band.




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The beginnings of Welfare 1875 - in/near Welfare

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The beginnings of Welfare


Once known as Bonton, the original name of the 1875 post office, it was changed to Welfare in 1880, possibly for the German word `Wohlfarht`, meaning pleasant trip. Carl Phillip Beseler was area`s first postmaster: serving Bonton and then as the first postmaster for Welfare.



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Boerne Village Band - 1890 1890 - in/near Boerne

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Boerne Village Band - 1890


Boerne Village Band - 1890 This is the oldest continuous German band outside of Germany that still plays outdoor concerts each summer in the Boerne park. Music was very important to the German settlers - many bringing their instruments with them when they came from Germany.

Chat with Col. Bettie Edmonds - Sept 2013


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75th Anniversary - Comfort - in/near Comfort

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75th Anniversary - Comfort


75th Anniversary - Comfort



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Main Plaza Gezebo in 1875 1900 - in/near Boerne

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Main Plaza Gezebo in 1875


Main Plaza Gezebo in 1875 At this time Boerne was a health resort area due to the springs and the fresh air. Main plaza and the Gezebo being the center of activity of visitors and weekends for Boerne's farmers and ranchers.

Chat with Col. Bettie Edmonds - Sept 2013


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Boerne Public School - class of 1908 / 1908Boerne Fire DepartmentTelephone Bldg - 1917 / 1917
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