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Barbecue Capital of Texas

Caldwell County Seat, Central Texas South

2952'55"N 9740'34"W (29.881870, -97.676040)

Hwy 183
30 miles S of Austin
17 miles N of Luling
18 miles E of San Marcos
34 miles NE of New Braunfels
28 miles SW of Bastrop
30 miles NW of Gonzales
70 miles NE of San Antonio
156 miles W of Houston
ZIP code 78644
Area code(s) 512 & 737
Population: 14,133 Est. (2019)
12,698 (2010) 11,615 (2000) 9,205 (1990)

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Lockhart Texas courthouse aerial photo
Aerial view of Caldwell County Courthouse Historic District
On the National Register of Historic Places

Photo courtesy of Paul Turner

The Barbecue Capital of Texas is a mere 30 miles from Austin, The Legislative Capital of Texas.

Site of the Battle of Plum Creek (1840), where the Comanches suffered enough casualties to retreat from central Texas forever, Lockhart was also the southernmost point of the Chisholm Trail in the 1870s.

Lockhart, Texas Landmarks / Attractions

The 1894 Caldwell County Courthouse, Lockhart, Texas
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, 2008
Caldwell County Courthouse

One block away is the former Caldwell County Jail, another interesting architectural piece. Now serving as the county's Museum, its hours make it very friendly to weekend visitors: Saturdays and Sundays 1 -5.

Across the street from the Clark Library is the old Baker Theater, which was recently bought by the Lockhart Theater Group. Members perform diverse plays and then continue with the restoration work (after changing costume).

Antique stores are opened weekends as well.

Lockhart Texas Caldwell County museum, Caldwell County Jail
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October, 2003
Caldwell County Jail/Museum

Lockhart TX - Brock Cabin
The Brock Cabin in Lockhart
by Jeffery Robenalt

Lockhart TX - Brock Building, Southwest Museum of Clocks and Watches
Southwest Museum of Clocks and Watches
by Jeffery Robenalt

Library building in Lockhart, Texas
The restored Dr. Eugene Clark Library, circa 1899
TE Photo, 2002
Dying Doctor Bequeaths a Library
by Mike Cox

Dr, Eugene Clark Library, Lockhart, Texas 1950s photo
Dr. Eugene Clark Library in the 1950s
Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com

Lockhart Texas Post Office Mural - The Pony Express Station by John Walker - Santa Fe Trail
Lockhart Post Office Mural "The Pony Express Station"
TE Photo

Lockart First Christian Church
First Christian Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2005
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Lockhart State Park Tx Rock Tank
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2008
Lockhart State Park

Lockhart TX - Baker Theatre

Baker Theatre
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, June 2010
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Lockhart TX - Fire Dept.
Lockhart Fire Department
TE photo, 2003

Lockhard Texas hardware store and ghost signs
Faded advertising off the square.
TE photo
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Lockhart TX - Ward School
Ward School, Lockhart, postmarked 1909
Old Photo courtesy Dan Whatley Collection
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Lockhart, Texas 1909  postmark
Postcard canceled with Lockhart, TX 1909 postmark
Courtesy Dan Whatley Collection

Lockhart, Texas Nearby Destinations
  • Caldwell County Towns and Ghost Towns
  • Lockhart State Park
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  • Lockhart Tourist Information
    Lockhart Chamber of Commerce - 205 S. Main Street.
    Phone: 512-398-2818
    Website: www.lockhart-tx.org.

    Lockhart, Texas Chronicles

  • Judge Leonard W. Scott of Caldwell County
  • Remembering the Courthouse
    Rick Scott remembers his father, Caldwell County Judge Scott, and his inspections of the Courthouse

  • Susan's Indians by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales")
    Early one morning, Rebecca and her niece, Susan Jane Ayres, happened to be on the porch of the Duncan cabin when startled by an Indian woman who stuck her head up from a place of concealment in a nearby draw ...

  • Withers by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales")
    Back in Texas' trail-driving days, a cow pony could cause a man an awful lot of worry - especially a horse with idiosyncrasies...

  • Dying Doctor Bequeaths a Library by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales")

  • Lockhart, Texas Forum

  • Lockhart & Caldwell County
    My father was County Judge of Caldwell County from 1974 until early 1987 when he retired and then died of cancer in November of 1987. Leonard W. Scott was born in Staples, Caldwell County, on April 25th 1914, and lived there until the 30's. His family moved briefly to Karnes County where he met my mother, Bonnie Hinkle Scott from the Pawnee community of Bee County. He returned to Lockhart by 1936 and worked for about $30.00 a month as a gas attendant.

    Mostly self-educated and a layman, Leonard became manager of a local tire & appliance business, served in WWII, became a small farmer and rancher and watched his business (Goodyear) outsell stores in Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas.

    After 35 years with Goodyear he retired and went straight into local politics. He was popular enough to get elected three times, helped revise the EMS system for the county, improved fire service, obtained grants for agriculture, and tried in vain to improve growth for the county.

    During all this time this layman held court then helped establish the first County Court at Law for Caldwell County in 1987. He also set up the first modern County Fire Marshal for the county.

    Leonard & Bonnie have three sons. Leonard Wayne, a longtime Professor of Law & Mediation at St. Mary's in San Antonio, Mike, a Pharmacist with a local pharmacy for thirty years in Lockhart, now living in Grapevine, and Ricke, a retired Police Officer and the (past) second county fire Marshall for the county.

    Scott's roots in the Caldwell county area go back to about 1859-1866 when his mothers family moved to Martindale from Mississippi. - Ricke Scott, October 21, 2005

  • Please add GASLIGHT THEATER to your Lockhart listing. We are a semi-professional theater, sponsored by Austin Circle of Theaters and produce a minimum of 10 shows every year. Our website also links to other entertainment in Lockhart: www.LockhartTheater.org - Paul Bright, February 27, 2001

  • Take a road trip

    Lockhart, Texas Nearby Towns:
    San Marcos
    New Braunfels

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