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WELCOME, TEXAS


Austin County, Central Texas South

30 1' 40" N, 96 29' 21" W (30.027778, -96.489167)

FM 109
4 Miles NE of Industry
9 Miles SW of Brenham
NW of Bleiblerville
NW of Bellville the county seat
N of Columbus
ZIP code 78944
Population: 150 (2000, 1990)

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Welcome Singing Society's  Building
Welcome Singing Society's Building
Courtesy Bellville Public Library

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.

Welcome, Texas
The curve at Welcome
TE photo, 2000

History in a Pecan Shell

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.

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.

Welcome, Texas store
The Welcome Store c. 1890
TE photo, 2000

Native Son

Hand-tooled Holsters Tell Stories by Mike Cox

"August William Brill was welcomed into the world by his parents in Welcome, Texas on May 1, 1872. Welcome is a small town in Austin County, which had a large population of German Texans. In fact, Brill's father Henry was a farmer who had come to Texas in 1844 from Germany.

A.W. Brill (as he was later better known) apparently stayed in Austin County through his teenage years. Seventy-two hours after Independence Day in 1889, young Brill joined the Texas Militia (forerunner of the Texas National Guard) and served in a unit based in Sealy.

Around the turn of the century, he moved to Austin, where he was listed in the city directory as a saddle maker and salesman at W.T. Wroe and Sons Saddlery. Somewhere along the way, Brill expanded his leather-crafting skills and began making holsters. Brill holsters, sometimes called Austin holsters, became particularly popular with Texas Rangers as well as county and city lawmen...." more

Austin County Texas 1920s map
1920s map showing Welcome in NW Austin County
near Fayette and Washington County lines
From Texas state map #10749
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Central Texas South

Welcome, Texas Nearby Towns:
Bellville the county seat
Industry
Bleiblerville
Brenham
Columbus
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