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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.
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.


One of the things that improves the looks and the mood of a city is to improve its appearance. In the fall of 2006, the Caldwell City Council updated and re-adopted its code ordinances to comply with current state law and to meet state court precedents. This action, along with establishing the Municipal Court as a Court of Record, gave the city the power to take action against public nuisances such as dangerous buildings, junk vehicles, and to enforce existing ordinances on keeping property mowed and neat. The city also hired a full-time code enforcement officer, Kathy Pollock, who is a licensed engineer. Through the efforts of Ms Pollock's department, numerous old dilapidated shacks have been knocked down and hauled off. More lots are being mowed and kept clean. Old abandoned cars have been hauled away by the dozens. There is a lot of do, but the results are really beginning to show. Most importantly, the Council has shown its commitment to beautifying the city. The city staff is dedicated to following up on all violations. However, in some cases it is difficult to determine the responsible owner(s), and the process is quite time consuming. We will not give up, though. Click on to each picture to get a larger view.