Colmesneil Texas History:
Colmesneil was named for a conductor on the Texas and New Orleans Railroad who built a line to Colmesneil. In 1881, Jay Gould of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad built the 66 mile long Trinity and Sabine rail line from Trinity to Colmesneil. The railroads enabled the town to become a railroad center for Tyler County. Its turntable at the end of the Waco, Beaumont, Trinity and Sabine rail line was the only one in the county. The turntable was actually located in the nearby town of Ogden which consolidated with Colmesneil in early 1888. Local industries included timber and cattle; the land was too hilly for farming. The Colmesneil post office was established in 1882. The nearby spring fed Lake Tejas provides recreation for the area. Colmesneil is located just south of the Angelina National Forest at the intersections of U.S. 69, FM 256, and FM 1745, 42 miles northeast of Livingston and Lake Livingston, 29 miles southeast of Corrigan, 41 miles southeast of Lufkin, 18.7 miles south of Zavalla and the Sam Rayburn Reservoir, 37 miles west of Jasper, 72 miles southwest of Toledo and the Toledo Bend Reservoir, 55 miles northwest of Kirbyville, 51 miles northwest of Lumberton and Village Creek State Park, 41 miles slightly northwest of Kountze, 9.6 miles north of Woodville, and 65 miles northwest of Beaumont, Texas.
W.T. Colmesneil House Library & Museum:
The house is unusual because instead of facing the street it faces the back of the property. (409) 837-9946. It is located at 106 Pitzer, Colmesneil, TX 75838.
Annual Family Fun Day, Saturday before July 4thWeekend:
This event is sponsored by the Colmesneil Volunteer Fire Department and the FFA. It features food booths, games, all you can eat watermelon, live bands, and a fireworks show. This event is held at Tejas Lake & Campground, one mile east of Colmesneil on the north side of FM 256. (409) 837-2063. Email
This café was given honorable mention status in Texas Monthly’s 2008 list of 40 best country cafes. (409) 837-2321. The restaurant is located on U.S. 69 North. Reviews