Texas Midwest 2022 Visitors Guide

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Population 4,583 - (page 35) The community had its origin in 1876 when R. J. Clow donated a 160-acre site on Hords Creek for a county seat. Located on the Western Trail, Coleman boomed as a supply and recreation center for trail drivers bound for Dodge City, Kansas. The town was named after the county, named for Sam Houston’s aide Robert M. Coleman. Soon after the county was organized it had a courthouse in Coleman, built of lumber taken from elms found along Jim Ned Creek. The courthouse also housed bachelor quarters and a general store and was used for religious services and community gatherings. Raising cattle was the only real industry in the area late in the 19th century. The occasional visitor would experience sights of thousands of longhorns tended to by hardened cowboys as the herds roamed the open, rolling terrain. The needs of the ranchers and ranch hands spurred the development of businesses. Today, Coleman still takes pride in its ranching heritage. Additionally, the entire county credibly claims the best hunting and fishing in the entire area, if not the state. Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, 325-625-2163 Email - chamber@colemantexas.org Website ColemanCountyTexas.com.


Population 4,100 - (page 36) In the early 1800’s Comanche, Kiowa, Apache and Lipan Indians inhabited the area. Mitchell County was organized January 10, 1881 and the town of Colorado was designated as the county seat. The T&P Railroad built their line to Colorado making it West Texas’ first boom town. The first train arrived in 1881. The first building was erected in 1880 by A.W. Dunn. The Rev. O.F. Rogers preached the town’s first sermon in January 1881, in a saloon, with the bar and its accessories covered with wagon sheets. In the 1890’s Col. Isaac Ellwood and J.F. Glidden, inventors of barbed wire, arrived. Ellwood later purchased the Renderbrook Ranch near Colorado and established the “Spade” brand. Statistics cannot begin to tell the story of Colorado, known as the “Mother City of West Texas” and now called Colorado City. Chamber of Commerce, 157 West 2nd Street, 325-728-3403, ccitychamber@gmail.com


Population. 4,259 - (page 38) You will find one-of-a-kind treasures in Comanche, one of Texas’ most historic communities! Named for the Comanche Indians, Comanche was established in 1858, when John Duncan offered the county 240 acres on Indian Creek as a site for a county seat. Historic preservation is evident with several historical markers downtown featuring the Dean of Texas Geology Robert Thomas Hill and the notorious outlaw killer John Wesley Hardin. Comanche was also home to American Quarter Horse Association’s Hall of Famer Royal King. Comanche boasts of specialty and antique shops, the best dining in Central Texas, exceptional trophy hunting, hiking trails and recreational water sports. One of the finest bass fisheries is located at Lake Proctor. Agribusiness is notably prominent as Comanche produces an abundance of dairy and beef cattle, peanuts and pecans, milk and wine (served separately of course). Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, 325-356-3233, ComancheTXChamber@gmail.com


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