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2010 Census - Unknown
2000 Census - 185
Harwood, Texas
Harwood Texas History:
The town was founded in 1874 on the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad line. The Harwood post office opened in 1874. The town incorporated in 1913, apparently to prevent the opening of a saloon that was opposed by the majority of the voters. Until the 1940s, Harwood was a shipping center for cattle, cotton and firewood. During the 1920s and 1930s the town had two cotton gins working at capacity during the peak harvest season. In 1990 the town had a large farm and ranch supply store, a post office, a restaurant, two churches, and a large community center housing a museum featuring local historical artifacts and photos. Harwood is located at the intersection of U.S. 90 and FM 794, a mile north of IH-10, 31 miles northeast of Seguin, 9.5 miles east of Luling, 24 miles southeast of Lockhart, 26 miles west of Flatonia, 39 miles west of Schulenburg, 13 miles west of Waelder, 10.5 miles northeast of Ottine and Palmetto State Park, and 12.5 miles northwest of Gonzales, Texas.
Historic Harwood Methodist Church & Masonic Lodge, Marker Text:
“After the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio Railroad established Harwood in 1875, this community meetinghouse was built. The first floor was used for Methodist worship services and housed a school. The Harwood Masonic Lodge No. 468 met on the second floor from Oct. 7, 1876 until 1962 when it joined the Hopkinsville Lodge at Waelder. The church continues to serve the area.”
Historic Harwood Cemetery, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“The town of Harwood was founded in 1875 as a stop on the Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio railroad, land was designated for a cemetery when town lots were platted. The oldest marked grave is that of I. M. Shelton, a Civil War veteran who died April 14, 1877. According to local tradition, Shelton was struck by lightning as he worked on the railroad. Other veterans interred here are from the Texas Revolution, the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, and Korea. A cemetery association was formed in 1957 to maintain the site.”
4-D Guest Ranch Live Music Concerts, Waelder, TX:
The ranch hosts live music concerts. (830) 540-4447. 4168 CR 444 Waelder, Texas 78959. Email
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Central Gulf Coast Region:
Guadalupe Loop: Ottine, Gonzales, Hochheim, Cuero, Bloomington, Placedo, Victoria, Palmetto State Park
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Oaks & Prairies & Osage Plains Bird Checklist
Gonzales County Bird Checklist with Photos
Palmetto State Park Bird Checklist, Ottine, Gonzales
4-D Guest Ranch Hunting, Waelder, TX:
Guided hunts are available for exotics and white-tailed deer. Amenities include cabins, guest rooms, a conference center, and a hunting style lodge featuring a shuffleboard table, TVs and leather furniture. Outdoor activities include horseshoes, washers, bocce ball, skeet and sporting clays, fishing (blue gill, bass & catfish), listening to patio music, and a fire pit. (830) 540-4447. 4168 CR 444 Waelder, TX 78959. Email
Triple R Ranch, Exotic Game Hunting, Harwood, TX:
Allen Rogers offers guided hunts for exotic game species. Hunting packages include lodging and meals. (713) 627-8330, Ext. 3. Cell: (713) 907-2860. The ranch is located in southeast Cladwell County on CR 151, between Bastrop and Gonzales. From IH-10 east of Harwood, go north on CR 304 and drive 6.5 miles to CR 151. Go left and drive 3 miles to the ranch gate. Email 
Double Arrow Ranch, Harwood, TX:
Ben Schramm offers year round guided and unguided bow and rifle hunts for axis deer, blackbuck antelope, fallow deer, red deer (red stag), and many other exotic game; active duty military personnel receive a 10% discount. They also have access to other ranches for rifle hunting for many exotics. (830) 540-3465. (830) 263-1139. The ranch is located at 6861 SH 304, Harwood, Texas 78632. Harwood is located 10 miles northwest of Gonzales, and 9.5 miles east of Luling, Texas. Email  Harwood Area Map
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences. 
Hunting, Texas Parks and Wildlife, General Hunting Information
Hunting, Public Hunting on State Lands, TPWD
Hunter Education
Hunting Season by Animal
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Donations
Palmetto State Park Information:
This 270 acre park is named for the stand of tropical dwarf palmetto plants (Sabal minor) found here.  The park is located on the San Marcos River northwest of Gonzales, and southeast of Luling.198 acres of the original Ottine Swamp were purchased by the state in 1933. The park opened to the public in 1936. The park features beautiful stone buildings constructed by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps). The CCC, one of FDR's New Deal programs, put unemployed young men to work on construction projects across the U.S. Park habitat consists of cypress and hardwood trees (some draped with Spanish moss), an artesian well and pond, and a 4 acre oxbow lake. Insect repellent is often needed. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more park information watch the Park Video, and go to the Palmetto State Park Home Page. From Gonzales take U.S. 183 10 miles northwest to FM 1586. Travel 2 miles west on FM 1586, then go south on Park Road 11.
Lockhart State Park Information:
The 263.7 acres of parkland along Clear Fork Creek was deeded to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department by private owners between 1934 and 1937. Constructed by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), the park opened to the public in 1948. Many of the original CCC structures remain, including the Group Recreation Hall, and the rock dams and bridges along Clear Fork Creek. Wildlife species include white-tailed deer, coyote, fox, raccoon, bobcat, opossum, armadillo, nutria, squirrel, rabbit, birds, and snakes, including rattlesnakes and coral snakes. The Battle of Plum Creek occurred in 1840, a few miles north of the park.Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more complete park information, watch the Park Video and go to the Lockhart State Park Home Page. From Lockhart, go south on U.S. 183 for 1 mile to FM 20. Go right on FM 20 for 2 miles to Park Road 10, then travel 1 mile south to the park.
M.O. Neasloney Wildlife Management Area Information:
This 100 acre WMA was donated to the TPWD by Mr. Neasloney with the stipulation that it be developed as a wildlife education center; it is also Mr. Neasloney’s burial place. The WMA is used primarily for wildlife ecology field tours for public school groups. Outdoor recreational opportunities include wildlife viewing, hiking and an interpretive nature trail. Amenities include a one mile undeveloped nature trail with markers identifying on-going wildlife projects. There is no potable water or restrooms. The wildlife management projects demonstrate the different types of native habitats that can be used by landowners. The Area has a small pond which provides water for local animals and birds. The combination of protective natural habitat and water creates a desirable environment for wildlife viewing. (830) 424-3407. Office: 20700 SH 80 North, Gonzales, Texas 78629. For more information, go to the M.O. Neasloney WMA Home Page. The M.O. Neasloney WMA is located near Luling, Texas. Take IH-10 to the intersection of IH-10 and SH 80 and then go south on SH 80 for approximately 8 miles. The entrance to the WMA road is on the right. The office/classroom is located one mile from the entrance.
Learn to Camp at Texas Parks & Wildlife State Parks' Outdoor Family Camping Workshops:
Theseworkshops are family camping sessions designed to teach camping skills to those who do not know how to camp; everything is provided from tent to broom. Gear includes a coffee pot, dishes, cooking pots, a camp stove, a battery operated fan and lantern, air mattresses, and a tent. Basic skills taught include pitching a tent, making a campfire, cooking on a propane camp stove, geocaching and using a GPS. Wildlife viewing, fishing and kayaking are available depending on the park and its facilities. After making reservations, families will be sent a packet of information which includes a grocery list. Those interested in this program may sign up for E-Mail Updates on Currently Scheduled Workshops. (512) 389-8903. Calendar