Sites Around Town
Caldwell, the county seat of Burleson County, is at the intersection of State highways 21 and 36, in the center of the county. In 1840, when the Texas Congress annexed Milam County, all of Washington County north of Yegua Creek and west of the Brazos River, Caldwell was designated as the county seat of the new county to be formed. The masonic building in Caldwell, the proposed town, surveyed by George B. Erath and named for Mathew Caldwell, was laid out parallel to the Old San Antonio Road and west of Davidson Creek; the site encompassed a settlement founded by Lewis L. Chiles. Until Burleson County was organized in 1846, Caldwell served as the county seat of Milam County. Click on the Gallery, then click on to each picture to get a larger view.
The Kolache Festival
For more than 20 years, Caldwell has hosted the Kolache Festival in the downtown square area. This festival celebrates the Czech heritage for which this area is known. The festival is held the second Saturday in September each year and attracts more than 30,000 visitors into this small city that day. Tens of thousands of Kolaches are sold, as well as homemade sausage and festival foods of all kinds which are sold at vendor booths. Dozens and dozens of vendor booths also sell the best quality homemade crafts and other items. There are Czech bands on two stages, a Kolache eating contest, period costumes, dancing, farm equipment show, antique car show, kid rides and activities, and live acts of all kinds. You’ve got to see this. Click on “Gallery” to see photos. Click on each photo to see a larger view.
Place-making & Beautification
One of the things that improves the looks and the mood of a city is to improve its appearance and aesthetics. The City of Caldwell is making improvements to make areas around town more inviting and attractive to the eye. Below are just a few of the improvements that have been made to Keep Burleson County Beautiful.