“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Caldwell in Burleson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

City of Caldwell

	City of Caldwell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans
1. City of Caldwell Marker
Inscription. In 1840 the Republic of Texas Congress annexed to Milam County all of Washington County north of Yegua Creek and west of the Brazos River. The name Caldwell, which honored Mathew "Old Paint" Caldwell, a noted pioneer and a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, was chosen for a settlement that would become the seat of a future county. Following a land title dispute, this site was selected for the proposed town. Located on the Old San Antonio Road, it had been settled earlier by Virginia native Lewis L. Chiles, a veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto who had operated a trading post on Davidson Creek.

George B. Erath platted the town of Caldwell in 1840. Streets running parallel to the Old San Antonio road were named for native animals and intersecting streets were named for the commissioners who had selected the townsite. When Burleson County was created six years later, Caldwell became the permanent seat of government.

Incorporated in 1891, Caldwell developed as a major agricultural shipping center with the completion of area rail lines in 1890 and 1912. Since the 1840s the city has played a vital role in the region through its steady commercial growth and rich heritage. (1892)
Erected 1982 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7556.)
City of Caldwell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans
2. City of Caldwell Marker
30° 31.914′ N, 96° 41.586′ W. Marker is in Caldwell, Texas, in Burleson County. Marker is at the intersection of West Buck Street and South Main Street (Texas Route 83), on the right when traveling south on West Buck Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Caldwell TX 77836, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Burleson County in World War II (here, next to this marker); Burleson County (a few steps from this marker); John Mitchell (a few steps from this marker); Early Settlers of Burleson County in the Texas War for Independence (within shouting distance of this marker); Old City Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Moseley's Ferry (approx. 10.9 miles away); Route of El Camino Real (approx. 13.7 miles away); Site of the Somerville Harvey House (approx. 16.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Caldwell.
Also see . . .  City of Caldwell Website. (Submitted on June 11, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 216 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.   2. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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