Welcome, Texas

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Welcome
Unincorporated community
Welcome is located in Texas
Welcome
Welcome
Welcome is located in the US
Welcome
Welcome
Location within the state of Texas
Coordinates: 30°1′40″N 96°29′21″W / 30.02778°N 96.48917°W / 30.02778; -96.48917Coordinates: 30°1′40″N 96°29′21″W / 30.02778°N 96.48917°W / 30.02778; -96.48917
Country United States
State Texas
County Austin
Elevation 333 ft (101 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 78944

Welcome is an unincorporated community in northwest Austin County, Texas, United States. It lies along Farm to Market Road 109 (FM 109) northeast of Industry. A group of German families founded the community sometime around 1852. After the 1930s the population declined but it recovered in the 1960s.

History[edit]

The land along Pecan Creek was settled by Anglo-Americans as early as the late 1820s. By 1852, German immigrants moved into the area. A leading member of the German community was schoolmaster J. F. Schmidt from Oldenburg, who later formed a singing club. Liking the pleasant countryside and friendly people, Schmidt named the town Welcome. A school was soon built on the west bank of Pecan Creek. In 1871 a post office opened in the settlement. By 1936 there were approximately 200 persons in the community with four commercial establishments. The population dwindled to about 60 souls with two businesses in 1950. The town recovered so that there were 175 inhabitants in 1965. From 1990 to 2000, the population was around 150 persons.[1]

Geography[edit]

Welcome is situated on FM 109 4.2 miles (6.8 km) north of Industry and 0.8 miles (1.3 km) south of Farm to Market Road 2502. At the intersection with Thielemann Road at Welcome, FM 109 turns from a northerly to a northeasterly direction. Thielemann Road goes northwest and connects with Speiss, Turnbow, Garlin and Zetter Roads. The Welcome Lutheran Church is located on FM 109 about 0.3 miles (0.5 km) northeast of FM 2502. The addresses in Welcome all carry the 78944 zip code, the same as Industry. Bleiblerville is to the southeast on FM 2502.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jackson, Charles Christopher. "Texas Handbook Online: WELCOME, TX". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ Google (April 14, 2013). "Welcome, Texas" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 14, 2013.