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WEESATCHE, TEXAS

Goliad County, South Texas

State Hwy 119
13 miles N of Goliad
85 miles SE of San Antonio via US 87
39 miles W of Victoria via US 59
Population: 553 est. (2010) 525 (1990)

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St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Weesatche, Texas
St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Weesatche
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, May 2005
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History in a Pecan Shell

Weesatche was originally named Middletown since it was halfway between Clinton and Goliad.

Middletown had its own post office as early as 1855, however, as with many towns named after equidistant geography, someone had used the name before them. To avoid confusion they went with the anglicized spelling of the Huisache tree.

According to local legend, the name stuck in the craw of many Middletowners and the town's main street was called Weesatche to the South and Middletown on the North.

Vacant Store fronts in main street
Vacant stores
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Old Weesatche post office building
The former Weesatche Post Office Building
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During the Civil War the post office was closed and during reconstruction Weesatche served as a base for a group of vigilantes known as "Regulators".

The town only had 100 people in the 1880s; but it had a full complement of tradesmen, merchants and of course, a saloon.

The Reverend Theodore Ander of Ander, Texas became pastor of the Lutheran Church in 1891.

Weesatche dance hall Weesatche dance hall back
The Weesatche Dance Hall c.1913
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The Weesatche Dance Hall is still open for occasional dances as posted by the sign out front.

Downtown Weesatche consists of many vacant buildings that resemble a movie set. Only upon close examination can one tell that they really are aged structures and not simply props made to resemble old buildings.

Weesatche TX Hermann Sons Lodge
Weesatche TX Hermann Sons Lodge sign
Hermann Sons Lodge, Est.May 3, 1894 in Weesatche
Photos courtesy William Beauchamp, 2008
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School consolidation with the Goliad ISD resulted in the several area schools being closed and the population has rebounded somewhat from it's low of 140 people in the 1940s.

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A former grocery store in Weesatche
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Weesatche, Texas Forum

I lived in Weesatche until age 15. We then moved to Houston. I remember the Meyer house in downtown Weesatche across the street from the Weesatche Cafe and Saloon. ... I really hated to watch the house go to ruins, and then finally be torn down. ... . I think that would be the house that is of most interest to the people who knew Weesatche from years back. Thanks, Barbara Boehl Bryson, Hockley, Texas - 28/Jan/2002
TX Goliad County 1858 Map
Weesatche in Goliad County 1858 Map
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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