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GOLDTHWAITE, TEXAS

Mills County Seat, Texas Hill Country
Highways 84, 183 and 16
FM 574 and 572
Hwy 84 & 183, 35 miles SE of Brownwood
Hwy 183, 37 miles NW of Lampasas
Hwy 84, 51 miles W of Gatesville
Hwy 16, 22 miles N of San Saba
55 miles N of Llano

Population 1,802 (2000) 1,658 (1990)

Goldthwaite, Texas Area Hotels > Brownwood Hotels

Question:
If Belton is the Seat of Bell County and Hillsboro the Seat of Hill County, then the Seat of Mills County is:
a. Millopolis
b. Millsboro
c. Milton
d. Goldthwaite
Yes, it's Goldthwaite - named after Joseph G. Goldthwaite a railroad official who sold the first town lots.

History in a Pecan Shell >
Goldthwaite TX - Mills County Museum Mural
Mills County Jail represented in the Mills County Museum Mural
On the corner of Fisher and Third Street
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2010
Mills County Jail
Mills County Courthouse 1939 old photo -  Goldthwaite Texas
Vintage photo courtesy TXDoT
Mills County Courthouses

History in a Pecan Shell

A timeline of significant Goldthwaite events:
1885: The town is established in what was Brown County on the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway.
1886: The post office opens.
1887: Mills County is organized. Land was donated with the understanding that Goldthwaite would be designated the county seat.
1888: The Mills County jail is built.
1890: Courthouse is built. Santa Fe Railroad builds a roundhouse and shops, but moves their division point to Brownwood after labor problems.
1898: The population reaches 1,200, and the town has two weekly newspapers, the Eagle and the Mountaineer.
1905: The Confederate Reunion that year was the largest public gathering in Mills County history.
1912: The courthouse burns
1913: The courthouse is replaced
1915: county's first school library was established and construction began on Lake Merritt.
1928: Goldthwaite had a population of 2,800.
1931: The population falls to 1,324 due to drought and economic hard times. Recovery after the depression was slow, and the actual number of business in 1988 was below the 55 reported in the 1950s. Agricultural diversification provided a solid economic base and wool, mohair, cattle, sheep, and pecans, are mainstays of the economy.

Goldthwaite Attractions

  • Mills County Courthouse
  • Mills County Jail
  • Democrat Cemetery
  • The Regency Suspension Bridge
    One of Texas' last suspension spans.
  • Mills County Historical Museum
    On the corner of Fisher and Third Street.
  • Goldthwaite TX - City Hall
    Goldthwaite City Hall
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2010
    Goldthwaite TX - First Baptist Church
    The First Baptist Church, built in 1949.
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2010
    Goldthwaite TX First United Methodist Church
    Goldthwaite First United Methodist Church
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2010
    More Texas Churches
    Goldthwaite TX Fisher Street
    "Looking north up Fisher Street from the courthouse. Fisher Street (HWY 16/183) is the main street in Goldthwaite." - Terry Jeanson, October 2010 photo
    Goldwaite, Texas town square old photo
    "Business Section North Side of Square, Goldwaite, Texas"
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
    Goldthwaite TX - Courthouse Square North
    Buildings on North Side of Square - Today
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2010
    Goldthwaite TX Building details - Longhorn
    Goldthwaite building details - Longhorn
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2010
    Goldthwaite TX - Dr Brown Building  details
    Dr. Brown Building
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2010
    Goldthwaite TX - Head Insurance
    "I've been to Goldthwaite four times now and this always made me laugh. The building is across from the courthouse." - Terry Jeanson, October 2010 photo
    Regency Suspension Bridge Historical Marker in Goldthwaite, Texas
    Historical Marker "on Fisher St (183/16) in front of the First Baptist Church" - Terry Jeanson photo
    The Regency Suspension Bridge
    Goldthwaite TX - Welcome Sign
    Welcome to Goldthwaite
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2010
    More Texas Signs
    Photographer's Note:
    Subject: Mills County Courthouse
    "It seems funny that this central Texas county was organized after some of the Panhandle counties. One of my favorite articles on TE is "Sagging Symbols" by Dwight Young. Mr. Young makes a reference to some of the Texas courthouses being "the architectural paperweight that kept the town from blowing away." I think that is certainly true in Goldthwaite." - Terry Jeanson, October 12, 2010
    Mills County Texas 1907 Postal map
    1907 Mills County Postal map showing Goldthwaite
    (Under "L" in "MILLS")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Mills County Towns and Ghost Towns
    Mills County Seat - Goldthwaite
    Mills County Courthouse
  • Caradan
  • Center City
  • Democrat
  • Ebony
  • Mount Olive
  • Mullin
  • Priddy
  • Regency
  • Ridge
  • Star

    Mills County Tourist Information
    Mills County Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture
    915-648-3619
  • Goldthwaite, Texas Area Destinations:
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    Gatesville
    San Saba
    Llano
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