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WESTHOFF, TEXAS

DeWitt County, Central Texas South
Highway 87
14 miles NW of Cuero
S of Gonzales

Population: 410 est. (2000)

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Westhoff TX  - First Baptist Church
Westhoff First Baptist Church
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
History in a Pecan Shell

In 1906 as the railroad extended from Cuero to Stockdale, a town was plated and a depot built. The town was originally named Bello. But when a post office was applied for, the name was rejected by authorities for the similarity to Bells, Texas (Grayson County).

In 1909, the town was renamed Westhoff, to honor William Westhoff, Sr.

Westhoff throve. 4,800 bales of cotton were ginned at Westhoff's three gins each year. In 1913 a devastating fire destroyed much of downtown and by 1915 the population was a healthy 475. The 1908 school expanded in 1928 and in 1961 was one of the county's three remaining rural school districts. From the 20s to the 50s, Westhoff had 500 residents before it started its decline to the present 410.

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Westhoff TX Church
Westhoff Church
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Westhoff, Texas
Westhoff St. Aloysius Catholic Church
Photo Courtesy Jim and Lou Kinsey, April 2005
St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Westhoff, Texas
Another view of the Catholic Church
Photo Courtesy Jim and Lou Kinsey, April 2005
Westhoff, TX - St. John Lutheran Church
St. John Lutheran Church
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
Westhoff, TX - St. John Lutheran Church One Hundredth Anniversay
St. John Lutheran Church One Hundredth Anniversay
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Westhoff TX Old Schoolhouse
Westhoff Old Schoolhouse?
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Westhoff TX Arrow Feeds Store
Westhoff's old feeds store
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Westhoff TX Street Scene
Westhoff street scene
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Westhoff TX old store
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Westhoff TX - American Legion Hall
American Legion Hall
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Westhoff TX Historical Marker
Westhoff Historical Marker
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George Lord Historical Marker
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