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
"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
Old Santa Fe Depot
East of downtown. Now home to the Coleman Police Department.
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.
City Park :
Museum and Picnic area just North of town on Hwy 283 along Hord's
The Owl 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.
Museum : Open June to August - Fridays through Wednesdays. April,
May and September - Saturday and Sunday. Afternoons only.
: 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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courtesy Donna Chevalier, May 2007
|The Old Santa
Fe Railroad Station just east of downtown. Now home to the Coleman
Fe Railroad Depot in 1915
Postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
recently discovered Coca-Cola
ghost sign in Coleman.
Photo courtesy Donna Chevalier, Coleman, Texas, 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
|The 1948 Harbord
Dobson Photo, September 2017
Coleman Brick Plant
Coleman, 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
Hotel Coleman old stationery c. 1935
Texas Nearby Destinations
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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Coleman County Chamber of Commerce:
218 Commercial Coleman, Texas 76834 / 915-625-2163
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