Boerne, Texas: J.C. Reinhard, 1905 (?). Photograph (163 x 105 mm) in good condition (tiny portion of top edge nicked); mounted on thick gray card (215 x 155 mm) in good condition (edges worn, abrasions affecting two letters of the photographer's name R[EI]NHARD). Item #3352
RARE AND EXTREMELY EARLY PHOTOGRAPHIC VIEW OF THE OUTSKIRTS OF BOERNE, TEXAS.
The photographer, John Cleveland Reinhard (1885-1972), was born in Boerne, Texas to Judge Johann A. ("John") Reinhard (1854-1927) and Nancy Jane Saunders (1862-1936), likewise of Boerne. Judge Reinhart and his wife founded the 640 acre ranch resort known as "Walnut Grove" six miles outside Boerne; it became a popular tourist attraction which featured guest cottages, tennis courts, and other recreational facilities. The emerald-hued scenery of the countryside provided visitors with a pleasant respite.
The present photograph is likely an overview of the Walnut Grove Ranch itself, in which is depicting a railroad car, water-tower, horse and buggy, several one-story buildings, and in the distance a two-story home with turrets. We have seen only one vintage photograph of the Walnut Grove Ranch, and the house is almost completely obscured, making identification difficult. In any event, the photograph would have been taken along the (now abandoned) Kerrville Branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad, which went from Camp Stanley (Bexar County), through Boerne, on to Kerrville. This railway line was built by the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad, and reached Boerne in 1887. The Southern Pacific Railroad gained control of the SA&AP in 1925, and eventually merged it into its Texas and New Orleans Railway subsidiary in 1934. The Kerrville Branch was abandoned in 1969, its tracks pulled up in 1971. The right of way was acquired by the City of Boerne in 1973.
This is the only photograph by J.C. Reinhard that we have been able to trace.