Lockhart, Texas

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Lockhart is a city in Caldwell County, Texas, United States. It is the county seat of Caldwell County[3]. In the 2000 census the population of Lockhart was 11,615. As of 2007 the estimated population was 12,013. The city of Lockhart is named after Byrd Lockhart, an assistant surveyor of Geen Dewit and reportedly the first Anglo to set foot in Caldwell County. Byrd Lockhart is survived by James H. Lockhart and his family, who currently reside in Dallas. Lockhart was the site of a victory of the Texans over the Comanche, at the Battle of Plum Creek in 1840. The Texas Legislature proclaimed Lockhart as The Barbecue Capital of Texas.[4] Lockhart has four major barbecue restaurants. The 1996 Christopher Guest comedy film Waiting for Guffman and the 1993 drama What's Eating Gilbert Grape were filmed partly in Lockhart, including the historic courthouse square. Also, the city's Wal-Mart store was featured in the 2000 film Where The Heart Is. Dr. Eugene Clark Library is the oldest operating public library in Texas. Lockhart was originally called Plum Creek but the name was later changed to Lockhart. Lockhart and Caldwell County is within the Lockhart-San Marcos Micropolitan Stastistical Area.[citation needed]

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Geography

Lockhart is located at 29°52′55″N 97°40′34″W / 29.88194°N 97.67611°W / 29.88194; -97.67611 (29.881870, -97.676040)[5]. Located near central Texas, Lockhart is 25 miles southeast of Austin on Hwy 183. It is 74 miles northeast of San Antonio and 158 miles from Houston.

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