Cofran's Texas . . .
Hill Country Portal
Population (2000): 73
Elevation: 1,345 ft
Area: undefined sm
Zip Code: 78074
Area Code: 830
Time Zone: CST
Coordinates: 29° 57' 3" N, 98° 48' 11" W
Location: 7 mi E of Comfort
; 12 mi NW of Boerne
; 2.5 mi NW of Welfare
Highways: Exit 533 off I-10; RR 1621; Waring-Welfare Rd; Waring Rd
CHAMBER and TOURISM: None
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES: Nothing formal
SMALLER NEIGHBORING TOWNS: Welfare
PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: Ranching
WARING DANCE HALL: Includes old-time general store. Circa 1900. German heritage. See full details in Directory below.
NEARBY & HILL COUNTRY-WIDE ATTRACTIONS: See Attractions.
Some of the very nearby attractions include:
BOERNE: AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE CENTER; CASCADE CAVERNS; CAVE WITHOUT A NAME; CIBOLO NATURE CENTER; ENCHANTED SPRINGS RANCH; HISTORIC DOWNTOWN BOERNE; GOLF
COMFORT: COMFORT HISTORIC DISTRICT; SHOPPING; VINEYARDS; GOLF; MONUMENT; BAT ROOST; COMFORT MUSEUM
WELFARE: GENERAL STORE; DANCE HALL
PARKS: There are many parks in the greater area as profiled on the Parks page.
Local city parks include: None
For full details on these and nearby events see Festivals & Major Events, Trade Days & Farmers Markets, Live Entertainment, and calendars on our other focus topic pages accessible from the menu above.
- Annual TX Hill Country Pod Chili Cooking
- Mid-May: Waring VFD annual dinner, dance & auction at the Waring Hall. Live music 8p-12:30a; auction at 9:30p. Contact: Chief Joe Paolilli, 830-377-9530
WEATHER: Weather Underground
MEDIA COVERAGE: Latest News (not available)
MAPS: Google, GeoHack
HISTORY: Handbook of Texas Online: "Waring is on the banks of the Guadalupe River, seven miles downstream from Comfort and twelve miles north of Boerne in Kendall County. It was founded in 1887 and originally known as Waringford, when R. P. M. Waring, a native of Waringford, Ireland, provided a right-of-way for the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway for its Kerrville line. In 1888 the post office from Windsor, a neighboring community, was moved across the Guadalupe River to Waringford. On February 10, 1901, the town's name was shortened to Waring. The population of Waring remained between 100 and 150 from 1890 until 1914, when it reached a high of 300. During these years the town had two general stores, a corn and grist mill, a gin, a stone quarry, a lumberyard, a hotel and boarding house, and several stores. Around 1950 the population decreased to eighty, and only a post office and two businesses remained. Train service was discontinued in 1970. In 1990 the population was seventy-three."
PRIOR NAMES: Waringford (until 1901)
NATIONAL REGISTRY SITES:
AVAILABLE SERVICES: Gas: no; Convenience Stores: yes; Restaurants: yes; Lodging: no; Grocery Stores: no; Banks: no; Vehicle Repair: no; Hospital: no; Med Clinic: no; Post Office: yes; Public Schools: no; Cemetery: no
OTHER PROFILES: Wikipedia; ePodunk Profile (not available); City Data (not available); Texas Escapes; Travel Texas (not available)
PORTAL PHOTO GALLERY: Waring
We welcome submission of updates, additions, corrections & digital photos, without compensation.
BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION DIRECTORY
(Police, Fire, EMS/Medical)
LOCAL CITY GOVERNMENT: Unincorporated
LOCAL COUNTY GOVERNMENT: See: Kendall County Government Offices
STATE & FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: For offices that represent the Hill Country,
see: Texas & Federal Government Offices
US POST OFFICE: Waring, TX 78074. www.usps.com
DAY & SEASON HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES:
See full list of leases for this town at: Hunting & Fishing.
MISCELLANEOUS GOODS & SERVICES
GUADALUPE CROSSING MARKET: 830-995-2383; 542 Waring-Welfare Rd., Waring, TX 78006. Art, pottery, textiles, wine. www.guadalupecrossing.com.
JOSHUA CREEK RANCH: 830-537-5090; 132 Cravey Rd, Waring, TX 78006. www.joshuacreek.com1,200-acre ranch. Fall & winter bird & game hunts. Sporting clays. Lodging accommodations for reunions, weddings events. Spring & summer fishing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing and swimming on 1.5 miles of Guadalupe River frontage, and this isolated stretch of the Guadalupe River has very light traffic. Joshua Creek is private water within the ranch boundaries. Reservations required for float trips, available April-August.
K BAR M EQUESTRIAN CENTER: 830-995-5260; 29 Zoeller Lane, Waring, TX 78074. www.kbarmequestrian.com. Riding lessons. Can also provide food and overnight accommodations.
WARING BAPTIST CHURCH: Waring-Welfare Rd, Hwy 1621, Waring, TX 78074
SAUR WELDING: 830-995-2171; 539 Waring-Welfare Rd, Hwy 1621, Waring, TX 78074. Metal buildings, trailers, welding, ranch supplies. Located at country store below.
WARING COUNTRY STORE: 830-995-2171; 539 Waring-Welfare Rd, Hwy 1621, Waring, TX 78074. Burgers, convenience store items. No gas.
WARING VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT: 830-377-9530; 205 Ave C, Waring, TX 78074. See annual dinner dance and auction listed in events above.
WARING GENERAL STORE and DANCE HALL: 210-434-2331; 830-995-4377; 544 Waring-Welfare Rd, Hwy 1621, Waring, TX 78074, www.donstrange.com/locations_waring.htm, and www.steaknite.com. www.waringgeneralstore.com. Includes old-time general store (circa 1900) of German heritage. Full restaurant features famous Wednesday "Steaknite", see www.steaknite.com) with live entertainment. [Editor's food review: We sampled this storied place and were not disappointed. VERY casual, old-time setting, cheerful staff, good wine & beer selection, excellent steaks, and an enjoyable, relaxing, soft band. This is the real thing. 07-06-2011]. Adventure facility at the Don Strange Ranch in neighboring Welfare features kayaking, climbing, zip line tours and disc golf.
HILL COUNTRY-WIDE UTILITY PROVIDERS:
For Hill Country area utility service providers (electric, gas, water, sewer, trash),
telecom providers (land lines, cellular service, TV, internet), and related services (package delivery, newspaper, etc.), click: Utilities & Telecom