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Latitude / Longitude:

29°55’18″N 98°47’12″W


1,348 ft (411 m)

Time Zone:

Central (CST) (UTC-6)


Welfare, Texas, is an ghost town 4 miles (6.4 km) southeast of Waring on the Waring-Welfare Road in west-central Kendall County, in the U.S. state of Texas. The school was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 2000.


Adelsverein colonists Carl Joseph and Augusta Beseler, along with their sons Ernst and Carl Philipp, emigrated to Texas in 1848. The family settled on Carl’s land grant and opened a general store. The community of Welfare grew up around the general store. The Beselers’ son Ernst died in the Nueces Massacre on August 10, 1862. His brother Carl Philipp was justice of the peace, postmaster, county commissioner, and tax assessor. The general store was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1996, Marker number 382.





Current Status:

The community had 275 residents by 1892. Severe weather conditions, complicated by an infestation of boll weevils caused a steady decline in the population. U.S. Highway 87 bypassed Welfare in 1930, and the railroad was abandoned in 1970. What is left of Welfare is only accessible by the Waring-Welfare country road. The Waring-Welfare country road is accessible via the Welfare Exit (Exit 533) of Interstate 10. German pioneer and founder of Sisterdale, Nicolaus Zink, retired to Welfare and died there in 1887. He was buried on his own property. Welfare became a ghost town in 2014.