Hill Country
2010 Census - 856
2000 Census - 782
Lometa, Texas
Lometa Texas History:
Prior to the Civil War a salt works known as Swenson Salines was located 8 miles from Lometa near the mouth of Salt Creek on the Colorado River. The mine was the main source of salt for the Confederate Army during the Civil War. The mine did not survive as a post war business. In 1885, the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway began building a line between Lampasas and San Angelo. The Montvale depot was established 1.5 miles from the community of Senterfitt. Businesses and residents from Senterfitt moved to the new depot to be closer to the railroad. Frank Longfield, executor of the estate of Alfred J. North, had deeded the right-of-way to the railroad. The townsite was platted on 200 acres of this land in1886. Hoping to prevent the new town from becoming as wild as Senterfitt, a group of prominent citizens decreed that the town was to never have a saloon. When applying for a post office, the town discovered there was already a Texas town named Montvale so the town was renamed Lometa. The soon became a commercial and shipping point for area farmers and ranchers. By 1890 Lometa had a cotton gin and gristmill, telegraph service, stores and 150 residents. W. M. Wittenburg, a licensed sheep master from Germany, brought his flock of Delaine sheep to the area in 1879. The Wittenburg wool clip is known throughout the American market and still brings premium prices. In 1986 the town had sixteen businesses, including wool shipping, cattle auctions, feed stores, metal firms, and an airstrip. Lometa is located nine miles east of the Colorado River at the intersection of U.S. 183, U.S. 190 and FM 581, 20 miles east of San Saba, 20 mikles southeast of Goldthwaite, and 17 miles northwest of Lampasas, Texas.
Chadwick's Mill, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“Famous pioneer sawmill, flour mill, and cotton gin. Built 1874 by Henry A. Chadwick and son Milam. A sturdy oak dam across river supplied power. A millrace chiseled in sandstone channeled water to millstones. Mill and gin house were also sandstone. A fish trap in millrace offered food and sport to customers, who often had to wait several days for a turn at the mill. This scenic spot grew to be a popular resort around 1900, with hotel and dance platform. Attracted hundreds of campers. Change in course of river, 1915, forced mill to be abandoned.” The marker is located on U.S. 190, approximately 9 miles west of Lometa on the east side of the Colorado River Bridge. Chadwick, Texas History
Pearl Bluegrass Jam and Stage Show, Monthly, Pearl, TX:
The show is held at the Pearl Community Center (in the old school house) on the 1st Saturday of each month, except in September when it is held on the 2nd Saturday. Live music is played all day from around 10am until around 10pm. Admission is free; donation boxes are located in the hallway to help with expenses. Musicians jam in every room in the school house, in the halls, outside under the pavilion, and under shade trees. The Stage Show in the auditorium begins at 1pm and continues all evening; bluegrass, gospel and other good old-time acoustic music are played. Good home cooked food is available in the old school cafeteria, including great pies. Click on the above link for photos. Pearl is located just south of U.S. 84 at the intersection of FM, 1690 and FM 183, 42 miles west of McGregor, 22 miles west of Gatesville, and 30 miles northeast of Lampasas, Texas. Email  
Fiesta Vineyard & Winery, Lometa, TX:
In December, 2014, the Salado Creek Winery & Vineyard website stated they were merging with Fiesta Vineyard. The tasting room is open Fri-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm, and by appointment. (325) 628-3433. The winery is located at 18727 West FM 580, Lometa. From U.S. 183 (Key Avenue) in Lampasas, go north on FM 580 (North Avenue); First Texas State Bank is on the corner. Follow the road to the stop sign, and turn right onto FM 580 West. Drive approximately 19 miles; the winery will be located on your left. Watch for the white rail fence and a big red sign; if you come to the intersection for FM 81 on your right, you have gone too far.
Annual Lometa Diamondback Jubilee, Last Saturday in Mar:
Activities include lots of rattlesnakes with prizes and bounty payments, a carnival, an antique car show, car bashing, military displays, a chili and BBQ cook-off, live music, a free snake display, food concessions, arts and crafts and a flea market. Snakes are sold by the Snake Sales and Show Committee to snake buyer Lowell Ivey; no outside sales allowed. This festival is open from 8am-5pm at the Lometa Regional Park in Lometa. It is hosted by the Lometa Lions Club. (512) 752-3106. (512) 734-0351. (512) 752-3331. Lowell Ivey: (512) 752-5386.  Email  Early 1970s Photos  Event History