in a Cotton Boll
One of the
earliest settlers was Joseph Harlan, who received a land grant in
1837. The town’s namesake, Robert Calvert, established a plantation
here around 1850.
The Texas Central Railway laid tracks to Calvert in 1868 with the
trains arriving the next year. Population was drawn from the communities
of Sterling and Owensville and
in time, Calvert replaced Owensville
as the Robertson County seat of government.
A post office was granted that same year (1868) and Calvert prospered
as a cotton shipping point. In
the 1870s the town reportedly had the largest cotton gin in the
In 1873 a severe yellow fever epidemic killed many in the community.
In 1899 the town suffered floods and in 1891 a fire burned much
of the town’s center.
Population estimates over the 20th Century:
Landmarks / Attractions / Images
the last 35 years Calvert has enjoyed a relative success as an antique
Steady traffic on Highway 6 and the towns halfway position between
and Bryan / College
Station has helped. The efficiency of the town's tag-team police
cruisers is something to behold.
Calvert’s buildings present an attractive row of 19th century buildings.
The length of main street is evidence of the town’s once prosperous
many are now just facades, Calvert makes an excellent case for saving
the fronts of buildings, even if the interiors cannot.
shadows and light traffic in downtown Calvert
original sign has been altered to read First Star Bank
Bank & Trust Building historical marker
Where enamel becomes watercolor.
Jacques Adoue Building stands next to the old theater.
Jacques Adoue Building historical marker
that couldn't be saved becomes a main street lawn.
through the back of Salazar's Garage
Spring has provided some deep green (May 2008)
building on the side.
Brick, Stucco and Paint
map of Calvert sits in a front window.
brick melts into a shared wall.
front wall of Salazar's Garage is now braced by wooden beams.
Southside as viewed from the Northside
was multicultural years before the term was coined. Several Black
families retain Chinese surnames to this day. Calvert's Chinese
are mentioned in Mel Brown's book: Chinese
Heart of Texas.
Above photos courtesy Stephen
Theatre, "named after the wife, Eloise, who owned the theatre...
The theatre burned, probably late 40's or early 50s, and what remains
is the modern updated theatre. It had a cry room, double seats, and
was very modern."
TE Photo, 8-03
The weigh station where they weighed cotton for the gin across the
street - Gibson's Gin was one of the largest in the world.
TE Photo, 8-03
Theatre and Weigh Station
The name of the theatre in Calvert is Eloia, named after the wife,
Eloise, who owned the theatre. She sold tickets. Her husband operated
the projector and did various jobs around the business. The owner
of the antique store next door to the theatre bought the theatre
years ago, and made an opening through to his business. The theatre
burned, probably late 40's or early 50s, and what remains is the
modern updated theatre. It had a cry room, double seats, and was
very modern. However, just after it was built, wide screens and
television came in, which hurt all the old theatres.
The weigh station where they weighed cotton is across the street
from the cotton gin . The old scale was still there the last time
I looked at it, which was some years ago. The cotton gin was the
Gibson's Gin and one of the largest in the world, as well as one
of several in town.
The Conitz Dry Goods Store opened on that corner in 1901. It was
burned and rebuilt 3 different times over the years. The latest
store was modern for the '50s. - Former resident, December 11,
Howdy, Just wanted to say how much I am enjoying y'all's website!!
You are doing a great job. I'm not from Calvert but I went there
on my most recent day/antique shopping/road trip and had a really
nice time. There is a little cafe/grocery store/meat market that
is on the back side of town on a road that I don't even think is
paved. We were in an antique store and heard the old man behind
the counter calling in his lunch order and just had to find out
where this place was!! It was the cutest little place, filled with
locals sitting on duct-taped booths next to soda machines. Basically,
it was all run by what seemed like one African-American family from
the ordering & cooking to bringing us our food to refilling the
sweet tea jug sitting on the counter. After enjoying our $5 meals
of fried chicken, baked beans, collard greans, macaroni & cheese,
cornbread, and banana pudding, we left with a full belly and truly
knowing the meaning of southern comfort. Just thought I had to let
y'all know about how special this place was! It truly deserves to
be featured [more] and get some fame somehow. Thanks! Anna Langford,
June 14, 2006
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