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.
It's "Back to School" time in Coleman and Coleman County. The vacations are coming to a close, the pools will be closing and school shopping is happening. We hope that as you are getting your kids ready for school that you remember our local businesses. The teachers are preparing for a wonderful year with the awesome kids from our area. It's time that we should be watching for school zones and kids crossing the streets. Please keep our schools and kids in your thoughts and prayers as they embark on another year. This might be a great time to tell a teacher how much you appreciate them.
"Back to School" also brings football! We at the Chamber encourage you back your local football teams and encourage our kids to be the best we can be. Whether it be in sports or band or academics, our kids need the encouragement.
September 3, 2016 will be the Dove Fest. This a time that we can say thank you to all of the dove hunters who come to our county to dove hunt. This Dove Fest will be held at the Bill Franklin Center. This event is from 10AM to 1 PM. Tickets are $10.00 per person, $5.00 for 12 year olds and under. This includes an all you can eat catfish lunch and entry for all door prize drawings. You will also have the opportunity to compete in a virtual skeet shoot competition. Locals can join in the fun as well. Everyone come out to the Bill Franklin Center and enjoy the Dove Fest on September 3rd.
Here at the Chamber we are gearing up for Fiesta de la Paloma, the Festival of the Dove, on October 1, 2016. This is a great event for our community. A time we can fellowship with friends and family in a "Country Fair" type situation. Vendors are booking their spots and anxious to show you what they do best. We encourage you to be a part of the Fiesta. Many new things are going on with the Fiesta and all we need is YOU and your support.
This month we would like to spotlight The Coleman County Foundation. Growing and enriching Coleman County has always been the ultimate goal of the Coleman County Foundation. In 1999 a gift of $1.7 million, from Holiday Hill, established the Coleman County Foundation. Clyde Allen along with founding board members provided key leadership for the Foundation; since its inception the Foundation has awarded over $900,000 in grants back to the community.
Another important piece to the success of the Coleman County Foundation is a special group of couples and individuals who support the work of the Foundation through annual memberships. This unique group promotes the work of the Foundation by building friendships and philanthropy. 'Friend' members, through an annual membership of $100 or more, pool their funds together to continually build the endowment and also provide grantmaking opportunities. As of this past spring, the Friends of Coleman County has awarded over $202,000 in grants. Becoming part of this group is an easy way to make a difference in Coleman County.
Grant funds from both groups have assisted volunteer fire departments within the county, helped with various safety programs, encouraged teenagers, and provided necessary medical equipment and services. They have enabled libraries, museums and other buildings in the county to make needed improvements to facilities and programs, began community gardens and most recently, provided funding for a program that was the idea of a Coleman High School student. This CHS student noticed that some of her peers were going hungry over the weekends and when they were not in school. The Ticket Booth Project now serves area students that may have previously been in danger of going hungry.
The Coleman County Foundation and Friends of the Coleman County Foundation both have a deep commitment to Coleman County and want to provide funding through grants to enhance the quality of Coleman County. This would not be possible without the support of many individuals who commit their time and energy to providing leadership in governing the activities of the Foundation by serving on the board. Current members of the board of trustees are Sarah Beal, Board President; Kay Allen, Joan Ethridge, Terra McMahon, Dwin Nanny, Caroline Skelton, David Stewart, Randy Turner and Ellen West.
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
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.