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WELCOME, TEXAS

Austin County, S Central Texas
FM 109
between Industry and Brenham
North of Columbus
Population: 150

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Welcome, Texas
The curve at Welcome
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Welcome, Texas store
The Welcome Store c. 1890
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Welcome sits on a picturesque curve on Highway 109 between Industry and Brenham. It's not a blind curve, but let us say that when you visit, you should be very attentive to cars following you and oncoming traffic as well.

The population of 150 people got tired of their sign being stolen so someone came up with the idea of making it larger (and harder to conceal). It now reads: Welcome Community. They're still on their first one.

The town dates to the 1820s when it was an Anglo-American settlement with no name. This displayed wisdom since a town with no name can't have its sign stolen. It took German immigrant schoolmaster J.F. Schmidt to come up with a name he felt reflected the hospitality of the town.

A similar naming occurred in Industry, just down the road, only this time it was the Anglos (according to legend) who were commenting on the German work ethic.

Welcome Singing Society's  Building
Welcome Singing Society's Building

Courtesy Bellville Public Library
A Singing Society was organized by this same J. Schmidt and the Bellville Library just happened to have an old photograph of the building which they have graciously allowed us to use here.

The high-water mark for Welcome's population occurred in the 1930s when it was an estimated 200. Shortly after WWII the town had as few as 60 people. The 1990 census showed 150.

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Anyone with stories, photos or incidents of Welcome' history is invited to share them with our readers. Please contact us.

John Troesser
 
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