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Lee County Seat, Central Texas South

3010'59"N 9656'5"W (30.183116, -96.934614)

Intersection of U.S. Hwy 77 & U.S. Hwy 290
20 miles N of La Grange
35 miles W of Brenham
109 miles W of Houston
54 miles E of Austin
ZIP code 78942
Area code 979
Population: 4,969 (2020)
4,881 (2010) 5,105 (2000) 4,093 (1990)

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Giddings, TX - marketing cotton
Marketing Cotton in Giddings
Postcard postmarked 1908 courtesy Will Beauchamp

Historical Marker:

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.

Giddings, TX - Main street old photo
Giddings street scene in the 1920s
Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/

Giddings, Texas
Landmarks & Attractions

Giddings, Texas -  Lee County Courthous 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.

Gidding, Texas Post Office Mural, Cowboys Receiving Mail
Photo courtesy of Mike McCann
Giddings Post Office Mural
"Cowboys Receiving the Mail"

Giddings TX church
Giddings' church on the square
TE photo, April 2003
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Magnolia gas station in Giddings Texas
Magnolia Gas Station in Giddings
Photo courtesy Carl Owen, 2009
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Giddings TX vintage freight depot
One of Giddings' vintage depot
TE photo, October 2007

Jacinto Guevara painting Giddings' freight depot
Giddings' neglected freight depot gets some attention on an October Sunday afternoon.
[They Paint Depots, Don't They?]

TE Photo 2007

Giddings TX vintage freight depot
Giddings' vintage freight depot
TE photo, August 2007
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Giddings TX - Caboose
Caboose in Giddings
TE photo, October 2007

Giddings TX - Bank as depot
Bank as depot
TE photo, August 2007

Giddings TX - Bank as depot
TE photo, August 2007
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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

Dog on hay, Giddings Texas
Giddings scene
TE photo, 2004

Giddings Texas Peanut Warehouse
Giddings 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.

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    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...

  • Giddings TX - Teds Sweet Shop 1950
    Teds Sweet Shop in the 1950s
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/

    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
    171 E. Hempstead, Giddings, TX 78942.

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