058 of 254: Coleman County Courthouse, Coleman, Texas. County Population: 8,895
"Anglo exploration of the county came with the establishment of Camp Colorado. The camp was originally located in what later became Mills County, but in August of 1856 was moved to Mukewater Creek on the
Jinglebob Trail of John Chisum in the eastern part of Coleman County. Because of disease the camp was moved in July 1857 twenty miles north to Jim Ned Creek.
"Coleman County was formed in 1858 from parts of Brown and Travis counties. Organization began in 1862 and was completed in 1864. The county was named for Robert M. Coleman, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and an aide to General Houston at San Jacinto.
"Camp Colorado served as the county seat from 1864 to 1876. But with an
increasing population, a new county seat in a more central location was needed. In 1876 a commission was selected to find a suitable site. Early that year a tract on Jim Ned Creek was chosen as the site of the future city of Coleman. In July 1876 town lots were sold to settlers.
"Coleman County reached its highest population in 1930, with 23,669 people."
Rusty Tate, "COLEMAN COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online
I visited Coleman County and photographed the courthouse in Coleman on July 24, 2010.
Coleman County Courthouse 1884
Coleman County Courthouse 1952
"Financed by the Self-Culture Club and other local women's organizations, this structure was erected in 1909 to provide a meeting place for the groups and to house the city's library collection. In 1924 when money was no longer available to pay a librarian, Mattie B. (Mrs. J. A. B.) Miller (1874-1969), pioneer ranch woman and civic leader, offered her services. For 41 years, as an unpaid librarian, she dedicated her time and resources to the project. In 1968 when the city took over operation, the library was named in her honor. Texas Historical Marker text