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.
Coleman County Chamber of Commerce Fundraiser|
The Coleman Chamber of Commerce, Agriculture and Tourist Bureau held their annual Fundraiser. During the Deer Hunter's BBQ, the Chamber had a drawing for a custom made fire pit, valued at $500.00 (made by the Coleman High School Ag Students) and a Gift Card valued at $350.00. The name on the ticket drawn was Coleman's very own Ken Greaves.
Congratulations go out to Ken Greaves and thank you to everyone that supported the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce Fundraiser.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
It's November and fall is in the air. The first Annual Prickly Pear Wine and Food Festival was a great success even with the rain, but those of us in Coleman County will never turn down rain. People enjoyed the rain and all of the booths and exhibits that went with the Prickly Pear. It's football season in Coleman County and the local teams are doing well. Yes, fall is definitely in the air. The Chamber has been very busy helping with all of the projects that are going on in Coleman and Coleman County and looking forward to the Holiday Season. It's fun to see people getting involved and shopping in our downtown area as well as other parts of Coleman. With the cooler days, there are smiles on many faces. Many hunters will be coming into Coleman and participating in the hunting that Coleman County is so famous for. The majority of the hunters and land owners will be participating in the Annual Hunter's BBQ. The BBQ will be on Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Coleman County Youth Activity Center (Bill Franklin Center) from 6 - 9 PM. An admission charge of $10.00 will make you eligible to win one of the many door prizes. Active Military and children 6 and under will be admitted free. There will be raffle opportunities for a Kawasaki 610 4x4 Mule ATV. A custom fire pit made by the Coleman High School Ag Kids and a $350 Gift Certificate will be given away by the Chamber of Commerce. Major prizes like guns and Yeti Coolers will be awarded, but you are not required to be present to win those. Everyone is welcome to join us on Friday night. Let's show these hunters and their family that Coleman is a friendly place and we love having them here.
We would like to spotlight one of our business members .... Grammer's. Grammer's has been in the same location since 1935 which is 106 Commercial Ave. in Coleman, Texas. Grammer's was started by John and Elizabeth Grammer. Bob and Retha Yates purchased it in 1976 and Jerry and Liz Jones have been the owners since 2004. Liz started working at Grammer's in 1969 through the D.E. Program at Coleman High School during her Jr. year of High School and has been working there ever since. Grammer's is open Monday through Saturday and has a wide variety of merchandise. Liz has stated "every time I tell Jerry I'm going to order something different, he says 'I don't know where you're going to put it'!" Grammer's merchandise includes clothing for ladies and several lines of jewelry including Montana Silversmiths. Liz has added Wrangler jeans, Wrangler shirts, and George Strait shirts for men. You will find Fredericksburg Farms foods and lotion products. There are books for the kids and grownups as well. If you like to cook, you'll find the perfect cookbook along with fun kitchen items to spruce up your kitchen. You'll find beautiful frames and Leanin' Tree cards for any occasion, and much, much more. Our children's department has a large selection of cute baby items, boys Wrangler jeans and shirts, girls Bonnie Jean dresses and sets and a big selection of bows to complete any outfit. You'll find that perfect outfit if you are a sports fan. There are infant items about UT, Texas Tech, and A&M. Grammer's is the place to add your registry for that upcoming wedding or preparing for that new little bundle and people shop for wedding and baby shower gifts just for you. There have been many wonderful ladies that have worked at Grammer's as the years have gone by and this year is no exception. Karen Mendoza is Liz's current employee. Karen and
Liz would love to see you, visit with you and show you all of the new "stuff" in the store. To top the experience off, when you find that perfect something they will ring up the sale on their "state of the art" 1912 cash register. Make your way to downtown Coleman and try out the Grammer's shopping experience.
The second business member we would like to spotlight is the Lake Coleman Volunteer Fire Department. Coleman Lake, formerly Coleman Reservoir, is on Jim Ned Creek fourteen miles north of Coleman in Coleman County (at 32° 02' N, 99°28' W). It is owned and operated by the city of Coleman for municipal water supply. Construction of the 3,200-foot-long earth-fill dam, built by the R. N. Adams Construction Company, was started in August 1965 and completed on May 10, 1966; deliberate impoundment began in April 1966. The cost was well over $1 million. The reservoir has a capacity of 40,000 acre-feet with a surface area of 2,000 acres at the service spillway elevation of 1,717.5 feet above mean sea level and a capacity of 59,000 acre-feet with a surface area of 2,530 acres at the emergency spillway crest elevation of 1,726 feet above mean sea level. The drainage area above the dam, part of the Colorado River basin, is 292 square miles.
1975 time frame The Patterson family started selling lots around the lake. Since then the lake has grown in number of residents to approximately 350 to include ranches and lake residents. The biggest part of our residents are retired. The Lake Coleman Volunteer Fire Department has a 911 area established by West Texas Central Council of Governments and the Coleman County Fire Fighter Association of 86 square miles. The dept actively works wildland fires, wrecks of all sorts, structure fires and medical calls at Lake Coleman and gives mutual aide to all of Coleman County as well as Callahan County, Or where ever needed. Chief Randy Teague 325-513-1370.
The Chamber of Commerce is open from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through 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
Coleman County Medical Center is a 46-bed medical-surgical facility with full emergency room services. Two nursing homes
have capacity for 146 residents.
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). Daily rail and bus
services are available, as are inter and intra-state trucking.
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
School. Santa Anna, Novice, and Panther Creek (2000 State Six-man Football Champion) 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, and high-grade glass sand from Santa Anna Mountain eight miles southeast of the city.
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. Yet Coleman is richest of all in its abundance of water.
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. Lake O.H. Ivie is currently the hottest black bass fishing lake in Texas. More than 70 private lakes add to the allure of natural beauty and recreational pleasure. Each lake offers a distinctive setting for everything from exciting water sports to the quiet contemplation of nature.
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, saddles, boots, heavy duty truck and recreational vehicles, grill guards, leather goods, archery products and plastic fabrication. 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. Also known as the "Hunting Capital of Texas." 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, a western museum, 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 during the last weekend in June. 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. In fact, Coleman is the fourth largest wool-producing county in Texas. 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 new 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 Coleman County Museum , There is also a Fine Arts League and several civic clubs, including Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis.