Today I drove to some of the small communities in the Hill Country discussed in Diane Capito’s book. There is much more history here than I had realized. I stopped first at the little burgh of Welfare. Here I took a country walk on Pochnert Road. I parked my car at the entrance to Pochnert Road and walked the mile or so to the end. Some people stopped to see whether I needed help because they thought I was having car trouble.
Welfare was established c.1866. 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. 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.