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    WELCH, TEXAS

    Dawson County, Texas Panhandle
    Highways 137 and 83 and FMs 829 and 2053
    10 Miles NE of Cedar Lake
    19 Miles NW of Lamesa
    64 Miles NW of Big Spring
    21 Miles SE of Brownfield
    Population: 95 (2010)

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Welch has no 19th Century history. It began when storekeeper Charley Holden opened his grocery in 1924 when the community was still called "Shack Town."

    Neighboring communities of Lou and Pride were absorbed in 1934 when a new post office was opened under the name of Welch. As the other towns declined, Welch grew. Area children attended schools in Welch which provided both grammer and high schools.

    The origin of the name is not known, and the community has never exceeded a population of 200. From 185 people in 1949, it declined to 110 for the 1980 census and the figure of 95 for 2000 - where it has remained.
    Welch Texas church
    A church

    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, August 2005
    Welch Texas water tower
    Welch water tower

    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, August 2005
    car mural in Welch Texas
    A mural

    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, August 2005
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