Hearne, Texas… “The Crossroads of Texas”

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Hearne is a city in Robertson County, Texas.  The city is named for a family that settled in the area in the 19th century and promoted the construction of rail lines through the city.

Hearne is located on land that initially belonged to politician and soldier José Francisco Ruiz. By the 1840s, a tavern was located there and it also served as a general store and post office. The Hearne family moved to the area in the 1850s, purchasing 10,000 acres and operating cotton plantations. Christopher C. Hearne wanted a railroad line built through the area, but the Civil War started before the railroad could be constructed. His widow later gave 700 acres to the Houston and Texas Central Railway.

With the construction of a depot in Hearne in 1868, businesses began to open, including a hotel, saloons, churches and a cotton gin. Two rail lines met in Hearne by the 1870s. Hearne’s population was 2,129 in 1900 and 3,511 in 1940. Between 1943 and 1946, a prison camp operated near the city limits and held several thousand German prisoners of war.

Hearne Attractions:

Historic Bridges…Scenic drive over two historic through-truss brides near FM 1644 between Hearne and Calvert.  The Providence and Wildcat bridges, made from parts of a 1896 bridge in the area, were moved into the 1940’s span the Little Brazos River and have been preserved for use by passenger vehicles.

Camp Hearne… Prisoner of this World War II camp passed the time with elaborate stage productions the construction of numerous castles and fountains using native materials  Remnants and artifacts from their projects can be seen today, along with an exhibit on life in the camp in a replica arm barracks. Located at 12424 Camp Hearne Third St. off FM 485.

Hearne Railroad Depot Museum and Visitor Information Center… This restored 1901 depot building at the crossing of two major rail lines features antique furnishings. local history items and railroad memorabilia.  Located at 2309 N.Market St.

Recommended Restaurants:

Ama’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant… Have visited this restaurant often and they have the best Mexican and Tex-Mex food made with fresh ingredients.  Located at 1647 North Market Street.

Toodie’s Bar-B-Q…Delicious BBQ.  Open Thursday-Saturday.  Located at 205 N.Market Street.

Johnny Rebs Dixie Cafe… Noted for its southern cooking.  Located at 708 South Market St.

When visiting Hearne nearby attractions include Calvert, Franklin, Rockdale, Cameron, and  Bryan/College Station.

 

 

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