Founded in 1852 by German settlers and incorporated in 1909, the City of Boerne was one of the area's most strategic transportation locations on routes for those traveling into San Antonio or the Texas hill country by horse, wagon, train, and motorized vehicle.
Located slightly less than 45 miles southeast of Kerrville, and less than 25 minutes travel time from the suburban centers and amenities of San Antonio, the city has become a major tourist destination. The city's popularity is based on the establishment of many quaint shops offering antique and eclectic shopping in the historic downtown section.
Boerne mixes its historic past and small-town ambiance with new city folk who are seeking an area where natural beauty abounds and where the quality of life and open-space environments are valued. With the expansion of Interstate 10, Boerne became even more accessible to tourists and metroplex residents and growth began to find the area. Once called the key to the hills, Boerne is situated on the east side of Interstate 10 about 22 miles northwest of San Antonio.
The downtown area has a number of small businesses, quaint shops, and period buildings / neighborhoods, which reflect the city's proud legacies. Part of the legacy also includes the historic Plaza where the community still congregates for concerts, festivals, and commerce. The community has a strong focus on providing high-quality services to both long-term and new residents alike. An emphasis exists regarding the upgrade of senior and youth services / programs. The city has six parks with organized sports and recreational opportunities in abundance. High school and youth sports draw large, enthusiastic, and friendly crowds.