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GIDDINGS, TEXAS

Lee County Seat, Central Texas South

Hwy 77 & Hwy 290
20 miles N of La Grange
35 miles W of Brenham
109 miles W of Houston
54 miles E of Austin
Population: 4,879 (2010) 5,105 (2000) 4,093 (1990)

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Giddings TX vintage freight depot
One of Giddings' vintage depot
TE photo, October 2007
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City of Giddings

County seat of Lee County. Named for Jabez D. Giddings (1814-78), of Washington County, one of four brothers from Pennsylvania who were Texas transportation pioneers and business leaders. The town was established as a shipping point when Houston & Texas Central Railroad (in which J. D. Giddings was a stockholder) reached here in 1871. A second and third railroad (San Antonio & Aransas Pass, 1889, and Hearne & Brazos Valley, 1913) increased city's prestige. Commission form government was adopted in 1913. A diversified economy developed.
1971

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Lee County Courthouse, Giddings, Texas old photo
Photo courtesy TXDoT
Lee County Courthouse
Home of a J. Riely Gordon Courthouse, this town is often overlooked because of its location. The long main street (Highway 290) demands a driver's attention, but one block North or South provides a respite from the Austin-Houston traffic and allows a leisurely exploration.

Several renovations of historic properties are underway, and plans are in place to completely rebuild a replica of the old passenger station that will house the Historic Museum.

Post Office Mural - "Cowboys Receiving the Mail" by Otis Dozier circa 1939. This is one of the better murals ... more

The cemetery just west of town contains the grave of outlaw Bill Longely. A phamplet on Mr. Longely, his victims, his capture, and hanging is available at the Chamber of Commerce.

Having a highway run the length (and then some) of your town, isn't always a good thing. In Giddings' case, many of the residences that were there when the highway was widened have been put to other uses.
Magnolia gas station in Giddings Texas
Magnolia Gas Station in Giddings
Photo courtesy Carl Owen, 2009
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Grain elevator in Giddings Texas
Grain elevators in Giddings
TE Photo, April 2004
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Giddings Texas Peanut Warehouse
Giddings Texas Peanut Warehouse
TE photo, 2002
A ghost sign
reappears in Giddings
Giddings Area Events
  • Lee County is also the home to The Texas Wendish Heritage Museum in nearby historic Serbin. 409-366-2441. Look for the signs south and west of town. The Wendish Church is the site for the Annual Wendish Fest held the last Sunday in September, but visit anytime for a scenic and tranquil drive. The adjoining cemetery contains some unusual names and the geometric trimming of the Cedar trees makes this cemetery unique.


  • Other area events include
  • Home Tours by the Lee County Heritage Society in Spring, and
  • Gebertstag Gallop, the largest Mountain Bike Race in Texas, in October in nearby Warda.
  • Giddings, TX
    Marketing Cotton in Giddings
    Postcard postmarked 1908 courtesy Will Beauchamp
    Giddings Related Articles
  • Wends in Texas
    The Brides Wore Black: A look at Texas' most unique immigrant group. Illustrated with 14 photos
  • The Road to Independence - Texas Escapes' feature trip to neighboring Washington County
  • Bill Longley Does Not Get Along Well With Others
    A Visit to the Giddings City Cemetery
  • Private and Corporal York:
    Lee County Cousins killed in the Great War. Giddings City Cemetery
  • Mystery Wall by Mike Cox
    Someone went to a lot of trouble to build the old stacked-stone wall hidden in a thick stand of yaupon and other brush on a Lee County ranch...
  • Dog on hay, Giddings Texas
    Giddings scene
    TE photo, 2004
    Gidding Texas Forum

  • I was looking for pictures of Dime Box Texas and found your website. I enjoyed your story and agree on the chickens. In 1981 I worked on the remodeling of the cafe in your picture. I was employed by Dime Box Lumber as a carpenter. Probably the first "YANKEE" they ever hired. Maybe the last! The pay was 1/2 of what Houston jobs paid. I always thought that was why it was called Dime Box. Your story clarified that.

    I will always cherish the time I spent there and in nearby Giddings. Someday I hope to visit the area and enjoy the stillness it has to offer. My heart goes out to all the wonderful people whom I worked with at the former Lee Memorial Hospital in Giddings.- Sincerely Yours, Richard Benton, March 19, 2005

    Giddings Tourists Information

    The Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce
    979-542-3455
    171 E. Hempstead, Giddings, TX 78942.
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