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Caldwell County, Texas

Caldwell County drains to the San Marcos River. Land features varied soils ranging from black clay to waxy. Local economy consists of petroleum, varied manufacturing, government services. It is part of the Austin metro area and is also near San Antonio.

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Average Price $1.5M
Lowest Price $250K
Highest Price $10.9M
Total Listings 190
Avg. Days On Market 111
Avg. Price/SQFT $1K

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Caldwell County Information

Caldwell County is located in south-central Texas, southeast of the I-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio. The town of Lockhart is the county seat of Caldwell County, and the San Marcos River forms its southwestern boundary. 

Other major routes in Caldwell County are U.S. Highway 183, and Interstate 10. 

Caldwell County is considered to be on the boundary between the central and coastal plains regions of Texas.

What Is Caldwell County Known For?

Caldwell County is known for oil production, the historic courthouse at Lockhart, watermelons, and proximity to a number of major access routes.

Land For Sale In Caldwell County TX

Caldwell County consists of 546 square miles of relatively flat transitional terrain, from blackland prairie and dark soils in the northwest to sandy hills and forests in the southeast. The dividing line between these two regions is roughly marked by the Luling-Darst Creek Zone. 

The main rivers in the area are Plum Creek which flows into the San Marcos River at the southern end of Caldwell County, which then connects with the Guadalupe River further to the south. 

The majority of the land in Caldwell County is used for farming and ranching. Primary crops are hay, cotton, wheat, corn, and watermelons. Livestock dominates the local agricultural sector, revolving mostly around poultry, cattle, and hogs. 

Another major land use for properties in Caldwell County is oil and gas extraction. 

Caldwell County Location & Directions

Caldwell County is located in south-central Texas, near the cities of San Marcos to the west, Austin to the north, and San Antonio to the southwest. Caldwell County is part of the Greater Austin metro area. 

Major routes like the I-35 and I-10 run by Caldwell County, while U.S. Highways 183 and 90 run through the county. Highway 183 is the main route from north to south, connecting Lockhart and Luling.

Note that the town of Caldwell is located in Burleson County to the northeast. 

Neighboring counties are Travis, Bastrop, Fayette, Gonzales, Guadalupe, and Hays. 

How Far Is Caldwell County From Austin, Texas?

Caldwell County is approximately 30 minutes or 35 miles from the center of Austin, Texas.

How Far Is Caldwell County From San Antonio, Texas?

Caldwell County is approximately 1 hour or 68 miles from the center of San Antonio, Texas.

How Far Is Caldwell County From Houston, Texas?

Caldwell County is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes or 150 miles from the center of Houston, Texas.

Caldwell County Communities & Amenities

The main city and seat of Caldwell County is Lockhart. The city of Lockhart is known for its historic courthouse which was built in 1894 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The building is completed in distinctive French Second-Empire Style.

Lockhart is also known for its barbecue spots, the Chisholm Trail Roundup and rodeo, the Southwest Museum of Clocks & Watches, Lockhart City Park, and the nearby Lockhart State Park. 

The second-largest city, Luling, is known for its botanic gardens, Watermelon Thump festival, barbecue events in the spring, and oil museum. 

Other towns in Caldwell County include Prairie Lea, Mustang Ridge, Maxwell, Martindale, Dale, and Fentress. 

Overall, residents and visitors to Caldwell County can enjoy boating, fishing, hunting, delicious barbecue, and visiting nature in one of the county's parks.

Caldwell County History

Caldwell County was formed in 1848 when population increases in Gonzales County (now to the south) warranted the founding of a new county. The original proposed name was Plum Creek County, but the Texas State Legislature eventually went with Caldwell, presumably after Matthew Caldwell, a captain who fought during the Texas Revolution and signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. 

Oil was discovered in Caldwell County in 1922.  


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