Lockhart is a city in Caldwell County, Texas, United States. It is the county seat ofCaldwell County. According to the 2010 census the population of Lockhart was 12,698. Lockhart and Caldwell County are within the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area.
Caldwell County Courthouse
|Nickname(s): Barbecue Capital Of Texas|
|Motto: City with a vision|
Location of Lockhart, Texas
|Coordinates: 29°52′55″N 97°40′34″W|
The city of Lockhart is named after Byrd Lockhart, an assistant surveyor of Green DeWittand reportedly the first Anglo to set foot in Caldwell County. Lockhart was the site of a victory of the Texans over the Comanche, at the Battle of Plum Creek in 1840. Lockhart was originally called "Plum Creek" but the name was later changed to Lockhart. The town's economic growth began with the arrival of the railroad in the late 19th century at which time the town became a regional shipping center for local cotton. Following the arrival of the railroad, various immigrants arrived in Lockhart and opened various businesses.
Lockhart has several claims to fame. The Texas Legislature proclaimed Lockhart as The Barbecue Capital of Texas; Lockhart has four major barbecue restaurants. Dr. Eugene Clark Library is the oldest operating public library in Texas. Lockhart was also the subject of an article by the architectural historian and critic Colin Rowe, first published in "Architectural Record" in 1957, and republished in the collection of his writings "As I Was Saying" (1996). Rowe sees Lockhart as a "curiously eloquent" example of a Victorian post-frontier American town.
Lockhart has played host to many film sets as this quaint small town is located within miles of Austin. 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 and the town square. Also, the city's Wal-Mart store was featured in the 2000 film Where the Heart Is. Other productions filmed in Lockhart include: The Faculty, Temple Grandin, Waking Life, Secondhand Lions, Stop-Loss, Where the Heart Is, Waiting for Guffman, The Newton Boys, Rolling Kansas, The Great Waldo Pepper, She Fought Alone, The Only Thrill, Ball & Chain, The Garage, Altitude Falling, Hard Promises, A Small Town in Texas, Screen Door Jesus, Abrupt Decision, Angora Ranch, Theft,Bernie and more.