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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.

Win a brand new freezer!
The Chamber of Commerce also has another fun Fund Raiser that everyone will want to be involved in.

You can be the owner of a 7 cubic foot chest freezer donated by Bargain House Furniture plus a $500 Gift Certificate for Shoppin' Baskit donated by Shoppin' Baskit and the Chamber of Commerce.

The aniticipated drawing is June 11, 2016 at the Annual PRCA Rodeo. Tickets are $10.00 each. You can get your tickets from the Chamber of Commerce at 218 Commercial or you can get tickets from any Chamber Board of Director.

Posted ~ Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Chamber of Commerce has a fun and unique Fund Raiser!
You have the opportunity to own a Priefert Roping Chute signed by George Straight and used in the 2016 George Strait Classic Team Roping in San Antonio.
This chute was donated by John and Christi Robertson.
The Anticipated Drawing is October 1, 2016 at the Fiesta de la Paloma.

Tickets are $10.00. and the plan is to have the chute at the Coleman County Roping on May 21, 2016 for you to see.

Get tickets from the Coleman Chamber of Commerce at 218 S. Commercial or from any Chamber Board of Director. This is a fun Fund Raiser that we know all of you Cowboys will want to be a part of!

Posted ~ Wednesday, May 11, 2016

2016 Steer Shootout

April 2016

April was an exciting month for Coleman and Coleman County. There were many fun things to do all over our County during the entire month of April. The old saying is certainly true - April SHOWERS bring May flowers. We had been blessed beyond measure with the wonderful rains that we had in April. We are sure to see those beautiful May flowers soon. An exciting event for Coleman was Petticoats on the Prairie. This Premier Vintage Market allowed the citizens of Coleman to showcase our little town. People from all over Texas came to the Petticoats on the Prairie show and were able to see what great facilities we have with the Bill Franklin Center and the Goree Expo. Coleman is very fortunate that these buildings are here for us. Our Downtown area was able to "show their stuff" as they made all of the visitors feel very special. We noticed there wasn't a parking space available in our downtown area. Reminded us all of the "good ole days'! We are excited to announce the Chamber Fund Raisers. There are two that will give you the opportunity to purchase tickets and benefit your Chamber of Commerce. One is the 7 cubic foot chest freezer donated by Bargain House Furniture. Along with that freezer comes a $500.00 Gift Certificate for Shoppin' Baskit donated by Shoppin' Baskit and the Chamber of Commerce. Your second opportunity is a signed George Strait Preifert roping chute that was used in the 2016 George Strait Team Roping Classic, donated by John and Christi Robertson. Each ticket is $10.00 each. The freezer and Gift Certificate will be given away at the Annual PRCA Rodeo on June 11, 2016. The chute will be given away at the Fiesta de la Paloma on October 1, 2016. Stop by the Chamber and get your tickets today or contact a Chamber Board Member.

Our Chamber Banquet was a great success. It was beautifully decorated by our Banquet Committee, Christi Robertson, Becki Reynolds, Renea McMillan, and Tammy Casey. We appreciate you ladies and all of your hard work to make our Banquet so beautiful. We were able to recognize the 2016 Citizen of the Year - Jimmy Ray Watson, the 2016 Rural Citizen of the Year - Ted Taylor, the 2016 New Horizon - Jacque Rosales, the 2016 Teacher of the Year - Charlotte Purl, and the 2016 Business of the Year - Grammer's. Each recipient was very well deserving. Coleman and Coleman County have so many outstanding citizens. We are very fortunate. It was great to see so many at the Banquet this year. We appreciate the support that Coleman and Coleman County give to us, the Coleman Chamber of Commerce. We are thankful for a hard working Board of Directors and thank you all for a job well done.

Our Chamber Members Spotlight this month is Kaci's Day Care owned and operated by Kaci Watson. "How do I write a short biography about something I've done my whole life? My years of childcare started back in the early 80's when I became the older sibling of a brother and three sisters. Whenever our parents had to run errands or went to work and left me in charge, I felt so proud that they came home to messy, safe, happy kids. I knew back then that my future would be children. My senior year in high school, I took whatever classes I could to get a jump start on my degree. My original career choice was child psychology. I even shadowed a therapist that year. My heart broke with some of the stories I heard. I wanted to keep all these kids safe and happy.I couldn't save them, they were already hurt; and I wanted to strangle some of the guardians of these precious children! I knew then, I couldn't be a child therapist. I had to help these kids before they were hurt. After a short stint in retail, I found my true calling. I married and became a bonus mom of 2 little ones. I was a natural! I had been practicing on my younger siblings for years. (Thanks for the on-the-job training Traci, Tim, Lisa, and ReeRee) I even took on a few other kids over the years, as well as helped with my nieces some. One, which followed in my foot-steps! As the years went on, the state tightened regulations and rules were implemented for any and all childcare. So, in 2001, I became a licensed daycare and opened my doors to the public. I took on kids of all ages. I watched them grow from daycare babies to "big-school" students. I took them from sippy cups to sports bottles. They went from potty training to roll playing.
I did all this because I wanted kids to have a safe and happy place to be when their parents had to work. In 2013, I stepped aside as a full time care giver in order to further my education and home school our youngest daughter. My niece, Laney, took over the reins without missing a beat. The kids love her! She is young and enthusiastic and very active with the kids; much like I was in my younger years. I stayed involved as director, bookkeeper, and accountant. But, I missed the days of building blocks, puzzle solving, coloring, and playing to learn. Soon, Laney's career path will lead her down another road (still with kiddos!) and I'll be back in full swing...literally, on the swing set! And in the mud. And paint. And keeping the kids safe and happy!"

Our County Membership Spotlight is Mesa Emporium owned and operated by David and Sheila Stallings. Mesa Emporium opened in 2011 in one of Santa Anna's oldest historic downtown at 611 Wallis Avenue. Proprietors Sheila and David Stallings aspire to provide an eclectic mix of antiques, food products, gifts, and wines in a casual and comfortable environment. The emphasis is always on Texas products, locally sourced when possible. Among the items available at the Emporium are American antique furniture and smalls, gourmet foods and condiments from Texas producers, Republic of Tea Products, Circle E candles from Fredericksburg, southwestern and silver jewelry, a selection of distinctive clothing and accessories, kitchen tools, including a broad selection of Nordic Ware cake pans, and the best selection of Texas wines in the area. Our monthly wine tasting events feature newer entries into our wine inventory, and suggestions from our customers. Samples of food products are also available, along with light refreshment from our own kitchen. The mix of available selections at Mesa Emporium is constantly changing: you can never anticipate what you will find at "Santa Anna's best-kept secret."

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
  • Location
    Coleman is located near the geographical center of Texas, 54 miles southeast of Abilene.
  • Climate
    The annual average temperature is 65º. Average rainfall for the year is 26.5 inches
  • Population
    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
  • Government
    The city is governed by a Mayor-Council-Manager system. The county government is presided over by a County Judge and Commissioner's Court.
  • 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)
  • Transportation
    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).
  • Utilities
    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.
  • Education
    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.
  • Churches
    Coleman is home to 22 churches of Protestant and Catholic denominations.

General Information
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.
Coleman County Chamber of Commerce,
Agriculture and Tourist Bureau

218 Commercial Avenue
Coleman, Texas 76834

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