"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.
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.Coleman's
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 Square.
Park : Museum and Picnic area just North of town on Hwy 283 along Hord's Creek.
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. Warbirds
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.Mozelle
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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|
Coleman : 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.
second city Santa Anna.
Towns: Whon and Talpa
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County Chamber of Commerce:
Commercial Coleman, Texas 76834 / 915-625-2163
Gibson Brothers of Coleman operated the Coca Cola Bottling Works there from 1927-1931.|
1928 photo courtesy Barclay
1930 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
Coleman, TX abandoned
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
by Mike Cox ("Texas
He has the singular distinction of being the first and
last man legally hanged in the county.
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Hotel Coleman old stationery c. 1935
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