Jewett

Jewett, Texas
Photo provided courtesy of Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce

Jewett, TX was settled in 1825 by Judge Jewett, for whom the Town was named and incorporated in 1890.  Jewett grew into a successful farming community.  In 1877, J.H. Leavell erected the first business structure made of stone from a large rock  concentration east of town.  The building still stands on Main Street. Jewett has the distinction of being the first town in the United States to elect a woman Mayer. She was Mrs J. T. (Hattie) Adkisson. Located in Leon County, Jewett is surrounded by excellent farm lands which produce cotton, corn, oats and diversified truck crops. The town had cotton gins and was a trade center for the area.

The population was 861 at the 2000 census, but according to the Chamber of Commerce the population is 1,167. Jewett is located 105 miles south of Dallas, 130 miles north of Houston, 65 miles east of Waco and 49 miles northeast of Bryan/College Station. Recreation in the area is Lake Limestone, 2 Parks, Tennis Courts and Jewett Flea Market. Major Employers are BOC Oxygen and Nitrogen Gas, Humble Tooling, Leon ISD, NRG Limestone Generating Plant, Nucor Steel and Texas Westmoreland Coal (surface mining).  The Jewett Civic Center is available for rental.  There are numerous community events held each year which are Home and Garden Show, Fall Frolic, Jewett Volunteer Fire Department Coon Hunt, Jewett Police Department Nation Night Out, Blue Santa, Community Thanksgiving, Junior Senior Prom, Project Graduation, Buck master’s Annual Banquet and Career Fair. In addition to numerous private parties, school and family reunions are held throughout the year.

Lake Limestone is located 11 miles from Jewett on the upper Navasota River in Leon, Limestone and Robertson Counties.  Approximately 1 hr. from Bryan/College Station, 1 hr. 20min to Waco,  2 hr.s from Dallas and Houston.  The lake covers a surface are of 12,680 acres and is approximately 16 miles long, but lake level is variable depending on rainfall and water use.  Lake Limestone is for public use for all type of water recreation.  The predominant fish species are Largemouth Bass, White Bass, Crapppie and Channel, Blue and Flathead Catfish.  The Lake is controlled by the Brazos River Authority ::Brazos River
Authority:: Lake Limestone

For more information on Lake Limestone check out the Lake Limestone Page.

Information provided by Jewett Area Chamber of Commerce and wikipedia