the last 35 years Calvert has enjoyed a relative success as an antique “capital.”|
Steady traffic on Highway 6 and the towns halfway position between Waco
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 history. Although
many are now just facades, Calvert makes an excellent case for saving the fronts
of buildings, even if the interiors cannot.
Landmarks / Attractions / Images
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|
store that couldn't be saved becomes a main street lawn.|
through the back of Salazar's Garage|
wet Spring has provided some deep green (May 2008)|
building on the side.|
Brick, Stucco and Paint|
decoupaged 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
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
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 world.
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:
Eloia 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
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
Calvert Texas ForumSubject:
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
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, 2004
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