Baird Main Street
Location of Baird, Texas
Baird is a city in Callahan County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,497 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Callahan County.The city is named after Matthew Baird, the owner and director of the Texas & Pacific Railway. The railway depot is now the visitor center and a transportation museum.
Baird is part of the Abilene, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Baird Chamber of Commerce serves to promote local business and commerce in the Callahan County area.
Baird, Texas was named after Matthew Baird, a director of the Texas and Pacific railway, who was also sole proprietor of the Baldwin Locomotive Works, the largest locomotive firm in the US, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa. It was officially founded in 1880. Today, It is named "The Antique Capital of West Texas." It has 12 antique shops.
The Callahan County Library was started in 1937 by the Baird Wednesday Club, the Pioneer Museum was added in 1940. Both are located on the basement floor of the Callahan County Courthouse. The museum features farm and ranch implements, household items, clothing, barbed wire, and documents.