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COLEMAN, TEXAS

"Home of the Friendliest People in Texas"
Coleman County, Texas Panhandle / Texas Hill Country
I-283 and Hwy 84
52 miles SE of Abilene on Hwy 84
148 miles SW of Fort Worth
Population: 5,127(2000)

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Our suggested slogan:
"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.

Coleman Landmarks / Attractions

Texas - Coleman County Courthouse Modernized
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2007
Coleman County Courthouse
  • Coleman County Courthouse
  • Coleman County Jail
  • The 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.
  • City Park : Museum and Picnic area just North of town on Hwy 283 along Hord's Creek.
  • 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.
  • Coleman 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.
  • Downtown : Spend some time driving the west side of downtown. It's surprising how much shade Coleman has.
  • Mozelle High School
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  • Coleman County jail, Coleman Texas
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2003
    Coleman County Jail
    Coleman texas old fashioned traffic light
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007
    Photographer's Note:
    "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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    Coleman Texas street with ghost sign
    Photo courtesy Donna Chevalier, May 2007
    Coca Cola Bottling Works and Coca Cola truck in 1928 Coleman, Texas
    The Gibson Brothers of Coleman operated the Coca Cola Bottling Works there from 1927-1931.
    1928 photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
    "A 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 Gibson
    Coca-Cola ghost sign in Coleman Texas
    A recently discovered Coca-Cola ghost sign in Coleman.
    Photo courtesy Donna Chevalier, Coleman, Texas, May 2007
    Marketing Cotton on Streets of Coleman, Texas
    Marketing Cotton on Streets of Coleman, Texas
    Old postcard courtesy of William Beauchamp

    Nearby Destinations

    TX - Coleman County Colorado River thru truss bridge
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007

    Waldrip Bridge
    Colorado River Through Truss Bridge
    On CR 220 twenty-five miles south of Coleman.

  • Coleman County Towns & Ghost Towns
  • Lake 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.
  • Other Area 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
    Website: http://www.colemantexas.org/coleman.html
    Coleman Chronicles
    Coleman, Texas - brick pen

    The Coleman Brick Plant
    Industrial Ghost Town in the City

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    Subject: 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
    People
  • Pearl by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales" column)
    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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