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Kendall County Texas
The Central Texas region, including Kendall County, has supported human habitation for several thousand years. Archeological evidence suggests that hunting and gathering peoples established themselves in the area as early as 10,000 years ago. Lipan Apaches, Kiowas, and Comanches became the dominant tribes in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and were present when Germans began arriving in the 1840s.
The Meusebach-Comanche Treaty, signed in 1847, was to permit the settlers to enter Indian territory to settle and the Indians to enter the settlements. German immigrants established Sisterdale in 1847, Tusculum (Boerne) in 1849, Curry's Creek in 1850, and Comfort in 1854. Although relations between settlers and Indians were fairly sympathetic, small groups of Indians did make frequent raids on farms in the area, and in some instances killed settlers and stole children. The threat of raids continued through the mid-1870s but lessened as the frontier was pushed farther west.
Thirty-six whites were killed and sixty wounded in the battle; Indian casualties totaled eleven dead and thirty-one wounded. The area had been part of the Fisher-Miller Land Grant of 1843, but no settlements were established in what is now Irion County until the late 1870s, after the Indian threat had been eliminated. In 1874 the area became part of Tom Green County, which was formed that year from 12,500 square miles taken from Bexar County. G. W. Wood, Richard F. Tankersley, Bruce McCain, and others established cattle ranches in the area.
Most of the Kendall County area was part of the Bexar County established by the Republic of Texas in 1836; it later became part of Kerr County, which was separated from Bexar in 1856. Comfort served as county seat of Kerr County for two years before Kendall County was formed. In 1859 residents of Boerne and Sisterdale petitioned the legislature for a new county; the legislature granted the petition in 1862, and the new county, carved from Kerr and Blanco counties, was named in honor of George Wilkins Kendall. [Excerpts from Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, "KENDALL COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.]KENDALL COUNTY COURTHOUSE 2009Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY_SA 3.0
CITIES, TOWNS, AND POPULATED PLACES
* Boerne * Comfort * Fair Oaks Ranch * Alamo Springs * Bergheim * Kendalia * Kreutzberg * Lindendale * Nelson City * Oberly Crossing * Pleasant Valley * Sisterdale * Waring * Walnut Grove *
* Ammans Crossing * Bankersmith * Benton * Block Creek (town) * Currey's Creek *
* Schiller * Wasp Creek * Welfare * Windsor *
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