Located in the Texas Mid-West region where hunting and fishing is considered major industries. Coleman is rich in natural resources which have given life to a diversified economy based on farming, ranching, coal, oil and gas production and varied industry.
The community is surrounded by the refreshing waters of six major lakes: Lake Coleman, lvie Reservoir, Lake Scarborough, Memory Lake, Lake Santa Anna, and Hord's Creek.
This summer has been full of many activities. Here we are in October which means there are many fall activities planned.
On September 2nd the Dove Festival was held at the Bill Franklin Center. There were many hunters in for the weekend and all enjoyed the all you could eat fish fry. Hunters come from all over to hunt in Coleman County.
On September 30th, Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys were here to entertain for the Fall Cowboy Ball at the Coleman Rodeo Dance Pavilion.
The 2017 Fiesta de la Paloma was held on Saturday, October 7th at the Bill Franklin Center and Goree Expo Center. It was a beautiful fall day for everyone to enjoy the many things that the Fiesta had to offer. There were Arts & Craft vendors and Food Booths for everyone to enjoy, plus the Fiesta roping had a good attendance that day. The Ace Fun Run was a huge success and those participating in it had lots of fun. Averi Ransberger was crowned Miss Coleman County and the first Runner-up was Shiean Walters and 2nd Runner-up was Paige Hensly. The Coleman County Chamber of Commerce, Agriculture and Tourist Bureau Board of Directors and Staff want to thank everyone that helped sponsor the Fiesta and the support of the community and county and all the out of town people that came to enjoy a fun filled day.
There are many activities planned by the business people on Saturday, October 21'. The Prickly Pear 5K run is also schedule for that day.
October Business Spotlight is the City of Novice and Jamison Mercantile.
The railroad is coming, was the talk of the Atoka And Rough Creek Communities in early 1909. But, both communities had a problem, neither town was on the new route. Meetings were held and both towns decided to merge and move to the railroad. With, this the town of Novice was formed, and the name Novice meant a new beginning.
The original townsite was 80 acres and was laid out in 1909 according to courthouse records. The Daniel Addition was added on the west side of the original townsite, and was also 80 acres. The tracks were laid through town in 1910. For many years Novice was a prosperous town with a bank, gin, doctors, and many retail businesses. A three room school was built in 1910 and later in about 1914 a large brick high school. The second gym in the County was built in 1934. The 30's and 40's brought the discovery of oil to the area. This helped keep the town going until the 1980's. But like most small towns people moved away to better jobs in the cities.
In 1946 the City was incorporated to be able to sell bonds to help with the construction of Lake Novice. The City installed and maintained a water system for many years. Around 1976 the City of Novice purchased a used fire truck and a Volunteers Dept. was formed. The Fire Dept. has grown and has 7 trucks and a new station. In 2012, the Novice School graduated its 100th and final class. Declining enrollment was the reason and local citizens voted to consolidate with Coleman. In 2013, the Coleman School Board voted to gift the school property to the City of Novice. Currently this property is being used by the City, Coleman County Firefighters Association, the West Texas Scorpions, a semi-pro football team, the Novice Volunteer Fire Department and the new Novice Public Library. The school complex is also used for events and rental of facilities are available. The City is looking forward to future growth as Abilene continues to move south. Once, again Novice will become a town of new beginnings.
Novice Volunteer Fire Department
The building is 120 ft by 50 ft with 16 ft side walls.
It has 6 - 12 ft bay doors in the front and 1 - 12 ft bay door in the back.
Jamison Mercantile, located downtown at 217 S Commercial in Coleman, is a boutique and gift shop with something for everyone! Opened in August of 2015, Jamison Mercantile is owned by Matt and Stephanie Jamison, and offers a variety of vendors and merchandise under one roof. Boutique clothing for women and children, Cinch western wear for men and boys, home and patio decor, trendy tees, handcrafted sterling silver and much, much more can be found at Jamison Mercantile. Looking for a night out? Jamison Mercantile also offers painting parties and other events. Whether shopping for a unique gift or outfit, or creating your own work of art, Jamison Mercantile is a great place to visit!
The Chamber of Commerce is open from 9 AM to 4 PM Monday through Thursday and 9 AM - 12 Noon on Friday. We are located at 218 Commercial Ave., Coleman, Texas and our phone number is 325-625-2163. We invite you to stop by and visit us any time.
|Coleman At A Glance
Coleman is located near the geographical center of Texas, 54 miles southeast of Abilene.
The annual average temperature is 65º. Average rainfall for the year is 26.5 inches
The City of Coleman is comprised of 5,410 residents. The Coleman County's population is 9,710. The median age is 42.1 and the median household effective buying income is $16,483. The area's civilian labor force numbers 4,335
The city is governed by a Mayor-Council-Manager system. The county government is presided over by a County Judge and
- Health Care
CCMC is a Critical Access Hospital offering a Swing Bed Program for long term care patients, physical therapy, and radiology. To assure that we provide the highest quality care, we follow nationally recognized evidence based guidelines and core measures. We are dedicated to using advances in technology to improve our patient's care and safety. We provide primary care services that are second to none in quality and we do it with a personal touch that can only be found in a small town hospital! CCMC provides day surgery, Obstetrics/Labor & Delivery, Dental surgery, and preventive testing (upper and lower GI procedures)
The local airport, located one mile from the community, has a 4,500' paved, lighted runway for corporate and private
planes. Aircraft services are also available. Regional airports with commercial airlines are located in Abilene (54 miles) and Brownwood (30 miles).
Electric power with distribution voltages of 2,400 / 4,160, is provided by the City of Coleman.
ATMOS Energy supplies gas. Distribution line and pressure 60PSI - 8".
Water and sewage services are provided by the City of Coleman. Water treatment capacity is 5,200,000 gallons per day; average daily demand is 2,000,000 gallons per day. Sewage capacity is 800,000 gallons.
Verizon Company provides local telephone service and high-speed internet service.
Coleman schools include one elementary, one middle and one high school, as well as a remodeled Co-operative Alternative.
Santa Anna, and Panther Creek Independent School Districts are also located in Coleman County.
Coleman is home to 22 churches of Protestant and Catholic denominations.
Founded in 1876 on Hords Creek, area of rolling, grassy plains and wide bottom lands. A typical frontier settlement, first store hardly completed before a cemetery was laid out for loser in cowboy gunfight. Today seat of Coleman County. Area still devoted to large scale ranching; additional income from oil, natural gas, limestone.
Coleman lies on U.S. 84, a segment of the Ports to Plains Highway connecting the state's heartland to coastal ports.
Coleman, Texas is rich in natural resources which have given life to a diversified economy based on farming, ranching, coal, oil and gas production and varied industry.
The community, county seat of Coleman County, is surrounded by the refreshing waters of six major lakes. Lake Coleman, Ivie Reservoir, Lake Scarborough, Memory Lake, Lake Santa Anna and Hord's Creek. More than 70 private lakes add to the allure of natural beauty and recreational pleasure.
Coleman County also offers a wealth of frontier heritage. Named for Robert M. Coleman, aide-de-camp to General Sam Houston, the county contains several sites that testify to its historical prominence.
Well-preserved artifacts still remain from Camp Colorado, the area's earliest outpost. At the foot of the historic Santa Anna mountains lies a pioneer cabin a Registered U.S. Museum. Additional points of historical are the early towns of Trickham and Voss. Several of Coleman's older homes have been restored, including the Blair house, and official Texas Historical Landmark.
Business and Industry
The business climate in Coleman is as attractive as its ideal year-round weather. Foremost is the friendly and cooperative spirit that characterizes the area's labor force. Coleman's fine municipal services, transportation facilities and abundant energy resources serve as additional incentives for business development
Manufacturing plants in Coleman produce a variety of quality products for Texas and the nation. A sampling includes leather goods. With production active in all sections of the county, oil and gas ranks with ranching as one of Coleman's most prominent industries
In addition to the recreational riches of area lakes, Coleman presents a showcase for outdoor activities. The area is home to ample populations of deer, turkey, ducks, dove and quail. The plentiful wildlife is also a boon for non-hunting nature lovers. Coleman's City Park, located on the scenic banks of Hord's Creek, offers picnic facilities under majestic shade trees, tennis courts, a recreation center with Olympic-size swimming pool and playground equipment. Noted for its tough stock and talented cowboys, Coleman's PRCA approved rodeo is held annually. Other competitive events include one of the nation's largest county livestock shows, County 4-H Horse Shows and the Coleman County Fiesta de la Paloma and Dove Cook-off Rounding out Coleman's recreational bounty is a Country Club that features club facilities swimming pool and a 9-hole golf course.
Farming and Ranching
Endowed with some of the state's richest grass lands, Coleman County produces outstanding herds of commercial and purebred cattle, horses, sheep, goats and hogs. Approximately 50,000 to 75,000 head of cattle are marketed annually at the Coleman Livestock Auction. The fertile soils and ideal climate of the Coleman area make farming one of the area's biggest businesses. Cotton, wheat, oats, barley and grain sorghums are raised throughout the county.
Education and Culture
Just as its natural bounty, Coleman considers its people an important resource. That is why education plays a significant role in the life of the community. In addition to a elementary and middle schools, Coleman has built a modern high school to prepare students equally well for higher education or entry into the labor market upon graduation.
Cultural institutions are also an important force in and around Coleman. They range from the Coleman and Santa Anna Public Libraries to the Heritage Hall Museum , There are also a Fine Arts League and several civic clubs, including Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis.