Jewett, Texas…”Sculpture Capital of Texas”

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Jewett is a city in Leon County, Texas.  Jewett is the birthplace of Fritz Von Erich and Romus Burgin. It was laid out in 1871 by the International Railroad Company and named for Henry J. Jewett, a prominent judge and politician who helped organize Leon County. During the community’s first year a store and a post office were opened, and the town’s first newspaper, the Advance, dates from this period. The Jewett Methodist Church was built in 1873, a Baptist church was organized in 1876, and a Cumberland Presbyterian church was organized in 1884. In 1875 citizens opened a private academy, which eventually merged with the public schools. The Grange opened a store in Jewett in 1880. By 1884 the community had an estimated population of 500, five general stores, three saloons, three churches, a steam cotton gin and gristmill, and the weekly Independent Farmer. The Independent Farmer in 1885 became the Jewett Messenger, which was still in operation in the 1980s. A bank was opened at Jewett in 1890, and that same year the town incorporated. By 1900 Jewett had a population of 433. In 1905 the Houston and Texas Central Railway built through the community, as did the Trinity and Brazos Railway in 1907. The town was served by three railroads until the Houston and Texas Central was abandoned in 1933. Several motels served the passengers who transferred lines there. By 1910 the community had 586 inhabitants, and in 1914 it had seven general stores, two drugstores, and a cotton gin. In the 1920s Jewett had the only accredited high school in the county, and in 1930 the Jewett schools served 179 white and eighty black pupils.

Jewett Attractions:

Jewett Historical Museum…This museum features items from the early years of Jewett, plus World War II memorabiliaLocated at 103 N. Robinson St. in the Jewett Civic Center.

Leon County Art Trail … This collection features sculptures that change annually,plus works on permanent display at eagle Scout Park.

Recommended Restaurants:

Dona Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant…Located at 1319 N. Main

C J’s Kountry Cookin…american fare.  Located at 2303  N. Main St.

When visiting Jewett nearby attractions include Franklin, Centerville, Fairfield and Palestine.

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