Historical Markers in
Kendall County, Texas

1860 Temporary Headquarters of Gen. Robert E. Lee 1907 Comfort State Bank Building Adolph (Ad) Toepperwein Andrew Jackson Potter Arno Schwethelm Building August Faltin Building Beseler Family Beseler House Boerne Cemetery Boerne Chapter No. 200, O.E.S. Brownsboro Cemetery C.S.A. Home Front Producer George Wilkins Kendall Cascade Cavern Comfort Community Church Comfort Community Theatre Comfort Post Office Comfort School Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig Von Herff Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig Von Herff Early Boerne Schoolhouses Fabra Smokehouse Faltin Homestead Ferdinand Hohenberger Farmstead Freidenker (Nineteenth Century Freethinkers) George Wilkins Kendall German Music in Boerne Hanisch House Henry J. Graham Building Hermann and Antoine Ingenhuett Homestead Homesite of Albert Paul Kutzer Hygieostatic Bat Roost Idlewilde Lodge Ingenhuett-Faust Hotel Ingenhuett-Karger Saloon James House Joseph Dienger Building Julius A. and Anna Phillip House Karger Building Kendalia Community Church Kendall County Kendall County Courthouse Kendall Masonic Lodge No. 897 Kuhlmann-King House Lex Sanitarium Ludwig Hein Home Ludwig von Herrf, Dr. Ferdinand Meyer Hotel Complex Nicolaus Zink Ottmar von Behr Otto Brinkmann House Paul Ingenhuett Home Peter Joseph Ingenhuett Homestead Pinta Trail in Kendall County Post Oak Spring Ranch Potter, Chaplain A.J. Rice Home Saint Helena's Episcopal Church Saint Peter's Catholic Church Sisterdale Staffel Family and the Staffel Store Stieler Ranch House Stotts Home (Robert E. Lee House) The Engel Store The Gass Schmiede The Hon. Samuel Boyd Patton The Hon. Samuel Boyd Patton Theis House "Treue Der Union" Tunnel of the Fredericksburg & Northern Railway Vogt-Clegg Log House W. G. Hughes Waring Schoolhouse Welfare School Weyrich Building Ye Kendall Inn
The cattle industry played a significant role in the development of Texas, with cowboys driving cattle from Texas to railheads in Kansas during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Kendall County, Texas, located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, has a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1862. Named after George Wilkins Kendall, a journalist and sheep rancher, the county was initially settled by German immigrants who were drawn to the area for its fertile land and abundant water sources.

The early settlers of Kendall County were primarily farmers and ranchers, taking advantage of the region's favorable climate and ample natural resources. They developed a thriving agricultural industry, cultivating crops such as cotton, corn, and wheat, as well as raising livestock such as cattle and sheep. The county's first city, Boerne, was founded in 1852 and quickly became a hub of commerce and trade.

In the late 1800s, Kendall County experienced a period of growth and prosperity, with the arrival of the railroad in 1887 spurring further development. The railroad brought new opportunities for transportation and trade, connecting Kendall County to larger cities and markets. This led to an expansion of industries such as ranching, farming, and mining, as well as the establishment of new businesses and services.

Over the years, Kendall County has preserved its historical heritage through the preservation of historic buildings and landmarks. Many historic sites, such as the Kendall County Courthouse and the Agricultural Heritage Museum, offer visitors a glimpse into the county's past. Today, Kendall County continues to thrive as a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors with its scenic beauty, diverse outdoor activities, and a rich cultural heritage.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Kendall County, Texas.

  • 1856: Kendall County established from parts of Blanco, Comal, and Kerr counties.
  • 1857: The county seat is designated as Boerne.
  • 1861-1865: Kendall County residents serve in the Civil War.
  • 1870: First public school is established in Boerne.
  • 1872: The Boerne Village Band, the oldest continuously active German band in the world, is formed.
  • 1881: The San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway extends to Boerne.
  • 1890: Electric lights are installed in Boerne.
  • 1930s: The Great Depression affects the county's agriculture-dependent economy.
  • 1987: The Cibolo Nature Center is established in Boerne.
  • 2007: Kendall County celebrates its sesquicentennial anniversary.