Baird Population- 1,721  Altitude 1,708


Established in 1880 with the building of the Texas and Pacific Railroad. A roundhouse, repair shops, and switches marked a railroad division pointnamed for Matthew Baird, railroad director who drove the first stake on the T&P RR in 1875.  Today, its the seat of Callahan County and commercial center for farming and livestock area

Many antique and specialty shops in restored turn-of-the-century buildings downtown make the city officially recognized as the Antique Capital of West Texas by the Texas Legislature in 1993. 

The Old Rock Jail at 100 W. 5th St. was moved from the former county seat, Belle Plain.  Each block was numbered and the jail was rebuilt exactly as it had been.  It's used as a Boy Scout meeting place today.

Be sure to stop by Grumpe's candy factory, one of only four candy factories producing lollipops for business advertising in the U.S., and one of only two that puts messages on both the stick and the candy.  At 206 Market St.

In season, hunters take wild turkey, deer, quail, dove, and wild hog.  For information on area leases, attractions, and special events, inquire at the chamber of commerce located in T&P Depot that houses the Railroad Heritage Museum (915) 854-2003.

Callahan County Pioneer Museum-

Pioneer farm and ranch implements, household items, clothing, barbed wire, and documents.  In basement of Callahan County Courthouse, Market & Fourth St.  Open Mon. - Fri. 1 - 5 p.m (915) 854-1718.

Railroad Heritage Museum-

Railroad memorabilia, photographs, and books in histori 1911 depot.   Open Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m.- noon, 1 - 4 p.m. 100 Market St.



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