|Aerial view of
Caldwell County Courthouse Historic District
On the National Register of Historic Places
Photo courtesy of Paul Turner
Barbecue Capital of Texas is a mere 30 miles from Austin,
The Legislative Capital of Texas.
Site of the Battle
of Plum Creek (1840), where the Comanches suffered enough casualties
to retreat from central Texas forever, Lockhart was also the southernmost
point of the Chisholm
Trail in the 1870s.
Landmarks / Attractions
block away is the former Caldwell
County Jail, another interesting architectural piece. Now serving
as the county's Museum, its hours make it very friendly to weekend
visitors: Saturdays and Sundays 1 -5.
Across the street from the Clark Library is the old Baker Theater,
which was recently bought by the Lockhart Theater Group. Members perform
diverse plays and then continue with the restoration work (after changing
stores are opened weekends as well.
Dr. Eugene Clark Library, circa 1899
TE Photo, 2002
|Dr. Eugene Clark
Library in the 1950s
Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
Rick Scott remembers his father, Caldwell County Judge Scott, and
his inspections of the Courthouse
Indians by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales")
Early one morning, Rebecca and her niece, Susan Jane Ayres, happened
to be on the porch of the Duncan cabin when startled by an Indian
woman who stuck her head up from a place of concealment in a nearby
by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales")
Back in Texas' trail-driving days, a cow pony could cause a man
an awful lot of worry - especially a horse with idiosyncrasies...
Doctor Bequeaths a Library by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales")
TE photo, 2003
& Caldwell County
My father was County Judge of Caldwell
County from 1974 until early 1987 when he retired and then died
of cancer in November of 1987. Leonard
W. Scott was born in Staples, Caldwell county, on April 25th
1914, and lived there until the 30's. His family moved briefly to
Karnes County where he met my mother, Bonnie Hinkle Scott from the
Pawnee community of Bee County. He returned to Lockhart by 1936
and worked for about $30.00 a month as a gas attendant.
Mostly self-educated and a layman, Leonard became manager of a local
tire & appliance business, served in WWII, became a small farmer
and rancher and watched his business (Goodyear) outsell stores in
Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas.
After 35 years with Goodyear he retired and went straight into local
politics. He was popular enough to get elected three times, helped
revise the EMS system for the county, improved fire service, obtained
grants for agriculture, and tried in vain to improve growth for
During all this time this layman held court then helped establish
the first County Court at Law for Caldwell County in 1987. He also
set up the first modern County Fire Marshal for the county.
Leonard & Bonnie have three sons. Leonard Wayne, a longtime Professor
of Law & Mediation at St. Mary's in San Antonio, Mike, a Pharmacist
with a local pharmacy for thirty years in Lockhart, now living in
Grapevine, and Ricke, a retired Police Officer and the (past) second
county fire Marshall for the county.
Scott's roots in the Caldwell county area go back to about 1859-1866
when his mothers family moved to Martindale from Mississippi. -
Ricke Scott, October 21, 2005
GASLIGHT THEATER to your Lockhart listing. We are a semi-professional
theater, sponsored by Austin Circle of Theaters and produce a minimum
of 10 shows every year. Our website also links to other entertainment
in Lockhart: www.LockhartTheater.org - Paul Bright, February 27,
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