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"no slogan"Population (2000): 36Elevation: 1,348 ftArea: undefinedCounty: Kendall
Zip Code: 78013Area Code: 830Time Zone: CST
Coordinates: Lat 29.922°, Long -98.787°
Location: West-central part of county; 41 mi NW of San Antonio
Near I-10 between Boerne and Comfort
Highways: Exit 533 off I-10; Waring-Welfare Rd
CHAMBER, TOURISM & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: None
NEIGHBORING TOWNS: of Boerne, 10 mi SE of Comfort, 13 mi SW of Sisterdale, 3 mi SE of Waring
PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: Ranching
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: See full details in Directory below.
- Don Strange Ranch: 210-434-2331; www.donstrange.com
- Don Strange Ranch Adventure Challenge Course:
- Welfare Cafe: 830-537-3700; www.welfarecafe.com
- Nelson City Dance Hall (& Po-Po's Family Restaurant): 830-537-3835; www.nelsoncitydancehall.com
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
- Waring: general store & dance hall
- Kerrville: Kerrville-Schreiner Park (county)
- Spring Branch: Gaudalupe River State Park; Honey Creek State Natural Area
EVENT CALENDAR: None
For full details on 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.
WEATHER: Local Weather (Waring); Hill Country-wide Weather
MEDIA COVERAGE: See full details in Directory below.
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- Newspapers, Radio/TV, Articles & Videos:
HISTORY: Handbook of Texas Online: "Welfare is believed to have been established in 1866, although exact documentation is not available. The town started to flourish when the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad operated freight and passenger service from San Antonio with connections to Fredericksburg and Kerrville. Mail service by stagecoach was operated as early as 1847. The walls of the Stagecoach Stop and its smokehouse are still standing with gun turrets for fighting robbers and Indians, intact. The town of Welfare also had a gristmill, cotton gin, and several homes, a saloon, hotel, general store, post office and schoolhouse. The original store and post office, a two-story structure, burned down in 1916 and was rebuilt that same year. From 1921 to 1978, Perry J. Laas and wife Alma operated the store and post office. In 1978 the store closed and had remained so until November of 1998, twenty years later, when Gabriele Meissner McCormick and David Lawhorn reopened the doors."
Old-timers in the Welfare community are not sure how their post office got its name. The Settlement was first known as Bon Ton, but that was changed when it was learned that another post office had the same name.
More history is displayed on the Welfare Cafe's web site with pictures of old newspaper articles.
PRIOR CITY NAMES: Bon Ton; Boyton
AVAILABLE SERVICES: Gas: no; Convenience Stores: no; Restaurants: yes; Lodging: no; Grocery Stores: no; Banks: no; Vehicle Repair: no; Hospital: no; Med Clinic: no; Post Office: no; Public Schools: no; Cemetery: yes
OTHER PROFILES: City Data (not available); ePodunk (not available); Texas Escapes (not available); Travel Texas (not available); Wikipedia (not available)
Addresses below for these businesses show Boerne, which is their mailing address, but they are located in Welfare (no Welfare post office).
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BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION DIRECTORY
(Police, Fire, EMS/Medical)
CRIME STOPPERS-REPORT ANONYMOUSLY: 1-800-222-8477; or click: Stoppers
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
CRISIS HOTLINES: click Hotlines-Emergencies
DAY & SEASON HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES:
See full list of leases for this town at: Hunting & Fishing.
DON STRANGE RANCH: 210-434-2331; 800-749-2332; 103 Waring Welfare Rd, Welfare, TX 78006. www.donstrange.com. Catering, event venue, entertainment, adventure course.
DON STRANGE RANCH ADVENTURE CHALLENGE COURSE: 210-434-2331; 800-749-2332; 103 Waring Welfare Rd, Welfare, TX 78006. www.waringgeneralstore.com. Adventure facility on the Don Strange Ranch features kayaking, climbing and zip line tours, disc golf. Has 4 zip lines (high and low) on Zinc Hill. Custom designed programs to fit the need of the client regardless of size. Each program lead by staff who help people step out of their personal comfort zone and into a learning zone. Open by reservations only.
NELSON CITY DANCE HALL (& PO-PO's FAMILY RESTAURANT, see below): 830-537-3835; 825 Hwy 289, Boerne/Welfare (Kendall County), TX 78006. Just S of Welfare; 1/2 mile off IH 10 Exit #533 (Welfare Rd. Exit), NW of San Antonio By Boerne. www.nelsoncitydancehall.com. Currently is a dance hall and restaurant (Old San Francisco Dance Hall & Saloon). Circa 1929. Open: Wed-Thur 5p-11p, Fri-Sat 4p-2a, Sun 2p-10p. "From the comforting sounds of violins and guitars to the flushing faces of happy two-steppers and waltzers. If you haven't experienced a Texas honky-tonk, then you haven't experienced Teaxs! For a true Texas encounter you really need to leave the city, because it's in the country where dance halls begin. They have served as the small town's courting stage, musician and singer's sounding stage and the dance lover's dream. Well, Nelson City Dancehall serves up all of these and more. Located next to an old 1929 dancehall in Nelson City, Texas, this family owned treasure is the genuine article. Promoting Texas music including Tejano, Country, Zydico, Rock'N'Roll, Blues, and Bluegrass, Nelson City Dancehall provides live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Musicians enjoy playing here because of the family atmosphere and the acoustics, and as one put it, "It's the most beautiful dancehall in this part of Texas." Friday night is steak night! Dine, dance and have an excellent steak."
PO PO FAMILY RESTAURANT: 830-537-4194; 829 FM 289, Boerne, TX 78006 (Welfare exit from I-10, and a half mi toward Welfare, TX); www.poporestaurant.com. "A Texas Tradition since 1929...As You Remember It." 2200+ collector plates on display. Award-Winning Steaks, Chicken & Seafood. Party room available for groups - lunch, dinner or receptions. Reservations accepted. Mon-Fri 11a-8:30p, Sat-Sun 11a-9:30p
WELFARE CAFE: 830-537-3700; 223 Waring-Welfare Rd, Boerne, TX 78006. www.welfarecafe.com. Downtown Welfare (Welfare Exit off I-10). Fine dining, German & international cuisine. Indoor or patio dining. Reservations required. Live Music Thur & Sun. Large party barn with built-in stage, dance floor, huge limestone fireplace, loft and kitchen for your next special occasion. Must be seen to be believed.
LOCAL UTILITY PROVIDERS:
BANDERA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE (BEC): 866-226-3372; 830-370-7648; www.banderaelectric.com. Service Area Map. Nearest service office: Comfort: 739 Front St (Hwy 27). Serves: Boerne, Center Point, Comfort, Kerrville, Waring, Welfare
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
SANDY ROAD GUEST HAUS:
Upscale Western-style Guest House Lodging
in a Beautiful Ranch Setting in the Gorgeous Texas Hill Country
Reservations & Information: 281-300-7177
9242 RR 1320 (Sandy Road), Johnson City, TX 78636
Web: www.SandyRoadGuestHaus.com Email: info@SandyRoadGuestHaus.com
Come Relax & Enjoy!