Places to Visit: Caldwell, Texas… The County Seat of Burleson County.

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cal1Caldwell is a city in Burleson County and was names for Mathew  “Old Paint” Caldwell a frontiersman and a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and is one of the places to visit in the Prairies and Lakes Region.

Caldwell was designated county seat in 1840 when the Texas Congress annexed all of Washington County north of Yegua Creek to Milam County. The proposed town, surveyed by George B. Erath and named for Mathew Caldwell, was laid out parallel to the Old San Antonio Road. Caldwell served as the county seat of Milam County until Burleson County came into being in 1846.

The town had a population of 300 prior to the Civil War and it’s prosperity was reflected in its brick courthouse. During Reconstruction, a company of State Police was stationed in Caldwell. Postwar Caldwell had its own newspaper, bottling works and an ice plant.

The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway built through in 1880 and in 1905 six passenger trains arrived daily.

The first tax supported public school was built in 1882.

Company E of the Texas National Guard, was headquartered in Caldwell became part of the Thirty-sixth Infantry Division. Many soldiers of this unit were captured at Salerno, Italy, in 1943 and remained POWs until the war’s end.

Places to Visit in Caldwell:

Burleson County Czech Heritage Museum

The Burleson County Historical Museum features the history and culture of the Czech people  and city of Prague, a dulcimer, art and genealogy from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s.  The museum is located at Sincludes a mural of the haw and Fawn Streets in Caldwell.

Burleson County Historical Museum

The Burleson County Historical Museum feathers items from area pioneers, exhibits on Fort Tenoxtitlan which was established in 1830 to promote Mexican settlement and thwart Anglo American colonists. It is located at 100 W. Buck Street on the first floor of the Burleson County Courthouse.

Caldwell Historical Museum

The Caldwell Historical Museum features exhibits from the earliest settlers in the area and includes pieces from the old cotton gin and the works of local artists.  The museum is located at 103 Presidential Corridor/Texas  36 W.

Where to Eat in Caldwell:

The Garden Spot...Excellent homemade food…Located at 100 South Echols St.

JB Mobile BBQ...Located at 255 Highway 36 South.

La Bamba…Mexican…Located at 1976 State Hwy 36 South

When visiting Caldwell nearby attractions include Bryan/College Station, Cameron , and Somerville.

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