Boerne, Texas

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Boerne (pronounced /ˈbɜrni/) is a city in the Hill Country of Texas in the United States. It is the county seat of Kendall County[1]. Boerne was named in honor of Ludwig Börne, a German author and publicist, and its population was 6,178 at the 2000 census. The July 1, 2009 Census estimate showed Boerne with a population of 10,639. The city is noted for the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case City of Boerne v. Flores.

Boerne is part of the San AntonioNew Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Boerne is the home of the Guadalupe Valley Poetry Celebration, a regional poetry festival that benefits the Boerne Public Library.



Boerne came into being as an off-shoot of the Texas Hill Country Free Thinker Latin Settlements, resulting from the Revolutions of 1848 in the German states. Those who came were Forty-Eighters, intellectual liberal abolitionists who enjoyed conversing in Latin and who believed in utopian ideals that guaranteed basic human rights to all.[2] They reveled in passionate conversations about literature, music and philosophy.[3] The Free Thinkers first settled Castell,[4] Bettina,[5] Leningen.[6] and Schoenburg in Llano County. These experimental communities were supported by the Adelsverein[7] for one year. The communities eventually failed due to lack of finances after the Adelsverein funding expired, and conflict of structure and authorities. Many of the pioneers from these communities moved to Sisterdale, Boerne and Comfort.[8]

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