Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 8, Number 1, January, 1998 Page: 45
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Weimar, situated on the "Sunset Route," in the
western portion of Colorado county; at an el-
evation of four hundred and sixty-six feet above
the sea, and two hundred and sixty-six feet
above Columbus, on a rolling prairie. The town
was laid off October 3d, 1873, by the Galveston,
Harrisburg & San Antonio railroad, on land
given them by D. W. Jackson, as an induce-
ment to have the depot at that place. It soon
became a thriving place, doing a large business
for Balletsville, Hackberry, Oakland, Content,
Osage and other flourishing sections. Its future
is bright and there is no doubt that Weimar will
become one of the important inland towns of
Texas. The location of the town, and the im-
mediate country surrounding, possess all the
beauties that nature could bestow; the soil of
the country around Weimar is a black, sandy
loam, easy of cultivation, producing an aver-
age of four hundred pounds of cotton and forty
bushels of corn to the acre. The water is abun-
dant and good, and the country noted for its
health, good schools, and church privileges.
Lands selling in that section from $5 to $20 per
acre, price governed by quality and quantity of
Weimar has an intelligent and enter-
prising population of eight hundred or one thou-
sand, Germans and Americans; has eleven gen-
eral stores, four grocery stores, four hotels,
three wagon and blacksmith shops, two cabinet
shops, two tin and stove shops, two furniture
stores, one dealer in exchange, one saddler
shop, two shoe shops, two drug stores, two
bakeries, two fruit and candy stores, one bar-
ber shop, three steam gins, one cotton seed oil
mill; all branches of trade in a prosperous con-
dition. Weimar ships eight thousand to nine
thousand bales of cotton annually, all of which
is grown in this immediate section.
We are indebted to Capt. J. W.
McCarty, J. J. Holloway and G. Good for in-
formation and assistance.
The following are the principal busi-
ness men of the city:
Christian, G. W., physician and sur-
Cook, T. C., physician.
Dicks & Oaker, general merchandise.
Herndon, Wm., family groceries and
Heyer Bros., dealers in general mer-
Holman, T. J., farmer.
Hill & Holloway, bankers and exchange
Jackson, D. W., livery and feed stable.
Jarmon, R. A., farmer and stock raiser.
Van Alstyne, J. A., dealer in general
Windrow & Co., H. Z., druggists.
Eagle Lake is a flourishing little town,
with a population of from three to four hun-
dred, and is situated on the Galveston, Harris-
burg and San Antonio road, sixteen miles south-
east from Columbus. Nature never brought to-
gether and compounded in her great laboratory
a more fertile and productive soil than can be
found near the town and lake. The prairies
north, east and west of Eagle lake depot are
undulating and productive. The town of Eagle
Lake derives its name from the lake half a mile
distant, and was founded in 1858 on land be-
longing to G. Good and son, laid off by the
Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado road.
Vandervier built the first house in the town. In
1857, G. Good had a stage stand and post of-
fice one mile from where the present town is
now situated. The cars did not reach this town
until the latter part of 1879. Eagle Lake has
one beautiful church building, a Union church,
and it is well attended. She is said to have real
good schools. The colored people have two
churches, a Baptist and a Methodist. The Ma-
sons have a lodge. Freestone water can be ob-
tained at thirty feet. Land unimproved can be
bought from $2 to $5 and improved at $10 to
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