"If you're looking at Coleman, you're looking at Texas."
Some of the best qualities of Texas, anyway. Coleman is on the short
list of towns that don't yet have an H.E.B. store, but still have
a high quality of life.
Leaving Coleman and driving toward Santa
Anna, you'll see a billboard that reads: You're Leaving Coleman,
Home of the Friendliest People in Texas.
We find it hard to believe that Colemanites were the ones that put
up that billboard. It's our feeling that citizens of neighboring
counties came in the dead of night to let the world know how they
felt about their Coleman County neighbors.
Landmarks / Attractions
Old Santa Fe Depot
East of downtown. Now home to the Coleman Police Department.
Public Library dates from January 1885. Mrs. J.A.B. Miller was
Coleman's Volunteer Librarian for 40 Years. Photo at top of page
shows the Memorial Library named in her honor. On the Courthouse
: Museum and Picnic area just North of town on Hwy 283 along
Pharmacy : The large sign on the West Side of Main Street will
call attention to itself. Full service soda fountain and
luncheonette. The Owl is clean, well staffed and has a full menu
of sandwiches with rotating specials. Ruebens, but no Rachels. Coffee
is 37 cents before 11:30, but if it's 11:45, they'll probably let
you slide. It may be your last chance to see a fountain this complete.
County Museum : Open June to August - Fridays through Wednesdays.
April, May and September - Saturday and Sunday. Afternoons only.
Museum : At the Coleman Municipal Airport Open Monday through
Friday 8 'til 6. Restored aircraft from WWII.
: Spend some time driving the west side of downtown. It's surprising
how much shade Coleman has.
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"One of several of Coleman's traffic lights that are still in
the center of the intersection. To me, this seems to be a symbol of
not just Coleman but of early Texas mobility in general." - Barclay
Gibson, December 2007
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courtesy Donna Chevalier, May 2007
|The Gibson Brothers
of Coleman operated the Coca Cola Bottling Works there from 1927-1931.
1928 photo courtesy Barclay
photo of my dad (left) along with a helper (they were both volunteer
firemen). It shows the sparse nature of the business back then. The
equipment was only one step removed from hand operation. The room
doesn't look twenty feet wide by about 50 to 75 feet long. The product
line included Coca-Cola, Grapette
and maybe some flavors." - Barclay
recently discovered Coca-Cola
ghost sign in Coleman.
Photo courtesy Donna Chevalier, Coleman, Texas, May 2007
Colorado River Through Truss Bridge
On CR 220 twenty-five miles south of Coleman.
County Towns & Ghost Towns
: 17 miles North of Coleman off Hwy 283. The 190 acre Press Morris
Park is run by the City of Coleman, while the 2,000 acre lake belongs
to the State.
Lakes : Novice, Ivie, Santa Anna and Hord's
Creek Lake Information available at the Chamber of Commerce
inside the branded building.
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County Chamber of Commerce:
218 Commercial Coleman, Texas 76834 / 915-625-2163
TX abandoned brickyard
"... My father worked for Martin Brick Co. for over 40 years.
He was the plant manager for 30 years or so. I and my 3 brothers worked
our way thru high school and college there, as well as a large percentage
of folks from Coleman back in the day. At one time in the 1980's Martin
Brick Co. employed over 200 workers, making it the largest employer
in the county... more"
- Mike Merryman, April 28, 2012
Mike Cox ("Texas Tales" column)
He has the singular distinction of being the first and last man
legally hanged in the county.
Hotel Coleman old stationery c. 1935
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