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WESSON, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Comal County, Texas Hill Country
FM 311 on the Guadalupe River
2 miles SE of Spring Branch
19 miles NW of New Braunfels
Population: 0

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History in a Pecan shell

1850: Wesson was originally named Henderson Crossing after early settler Hensley G. Henderson.
1858: The crossing's name was changed to Esser's Crossing after the land was bought by Charles Esser. The village itself was known as Guadalupe Valley.


Going Postal


The mail had been delivered from nearby post offices at Spring Branch and Smithson Valley. When Charles Esser applied for one, his numerous requests were rejected one after the other.

History has lost Mr. Esser's list of favored names, but one story remains. With his frustration reaching the boiling point, Esser applied for the name of Hell, Texas. This must've amused the boys in Washington, but they wrote an official rejection notice saying that the name had already been taken (a lie).

Esser started submitting any name he could think of and he did it systematically. When he got to firearms, Winchester was taken and Smithville already existed - but not Wesson. The postal authorities granted the name Wesson - not for an individual - but just to get Charley Esser off their back.

A man named Beierle ran the post office from his home starting in 1893, but in 1907 a route was established and the community received their mail from New Braunfels.

The town lost population slowly. During WWII, the residents left for jobs in the cities and after the war the remaining residents left.

Today a cemetery named after the postmaster (Beierle) is about all that remains of Wesson.

Two other cemeteries are in the immediate vicinity - one named Rust and the other unnamed. Consult the Texas Department of Transportation's map of Comal County.


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