| Stratford Depot,
Tin Man and Silos
Photos courtesy Barclay
Gibson, July 2009
in a Pecan Shell
Stratford had a dispute over it's right to be the County Seat of Government,
even though there had been an election. Counties of Lavaca
and Van Zandt,
had had similar problems, except in this case, Texas Rangers were
called in to settle matters. Stratford won, or you would be reading
The name was after Robert E. Lee's boyhood home, although some say
it was after William Shakespere's Stratford-on-Avon. Actually, Stratford-on-Coldwater
has a nice ring to it. A Mr. Colton, manager for Aaron Norton, town
developer, was the one to suggest the name.
The town laid out by Norton and Colton was on the Chicago, Rock
Island and Gulf railroad and a new post office was opened there.
Before that, Coldwater
had been the only post office in Sherman
County. The election was held July 1901, and Coldwater
lost the election and the county seat.
By 1904 only the post office, a store and the now-vacant courthouse
were left in Coldwater.
The post office closed in 1907 and the courthouse was occasionally
used as a church. We were told that stones from the 1901 Stratford
Courthouse were used to create a small dam on the Coldwater Creek.
Peak Population was 2,139 in 1970
The chamber reports that there are over 25 residences in town dating
In addition to the houses, Stratford retains its old railroad depot
as the Sherman County Museum.
Main Street and US 54 -
Hours: Monday through Friday 2 to 4.
While the History of Sherman County, God, Grass and Grit (Vol. One)
is in it's third printing, copies of Volume II are still available
at the museum.
|Men, Women, and
Photo courtesy Stephen
Michaels, January 2008
Photo courtesy James Feagin, 2002
Route 66 in Texas
The Stratford Chamber of Commerce
318 North Third Street
Paula at the Stratford Chamber of Commerce points out that the citizens
of Stratford are closer to the state capitals of three other states
(Santa Fe NM, Denver CO, and Oklahoma City OK) than they are to Austin.
She also would like to say that not everyone regards Dallas
/ Ft. Worth as "North
Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing
Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories,
landmarks and vintage/historic photos, please contact