COLEMAN, Texas (KTAB) – Pack your bags! Every Thursday during the month of July, our KTAB Reporters are taking us on a One Tank Trip to a different town in the Big Country and showing us the fun things to do there. KTAB Weekend Anchor and Reporter Kathleen Barkley kicks off our One Tank Trips in Coleman.
As soon as you enter Downtown Coleman, it feels as if you’ve traveled down the yellow brick road and stepped into a magical world. Part of that is the small town charm, but it’s due largely to Abilene artist, Cal Johnson’s interactive murals that adorn many of the walls downtown.
She has multiple murals in Coleman. Some fan favorites include the cactus wall and the Aaron Watson Vaquero flag, both popular sites to keep your selfie game strong.
But her latest project is on the side of the Coleman Library and gives everyone visiting Coleman a fun way to explore the town.
“So, I have a lot of street art here in Coleman, but this one’s kind of special,” Johnson says. “It was really focusing on people who come to the library and we really wanted it to be interactive and a little more fun for the kids and the families walking downtown. You can follow the footprints up to the scroll and read it. There’s three clues that are painted on the downtown strip hidden.”
The three clues were lost by the characters from The Wizard of Oz. You’re looking for the heart, the diploma and the badge of courage.
I loaded up my daughter, Adalae, and we explored downtown to find the clues. The only problem? We got a little sidetracked taking pictures that we kind of forgot to look for the clues. But, Cal says that’s kind of the point.
Next stop is lunch at Owl Drug Store, where you’ll find great food and a lot of history.
Owl Drug Store is an old fashioned soda shoppe, grill, and pharmacy. It’s Board Pharmacy license number is 4, making it one of the oldest and longest running pharmacies.
When it comes to ordering, ask the Owlettes the recommendations. I tried the burger and I don’t regret it!
While you’re waiting on your food, be sure to sign the wall.
“We put some t-shirts up on the wall for people to sign and then it wasn’t on the t-shirt,” Assistant Manager Davis Comacho says. “Slowly and surely, all of the walls back there are being filled. We even have Aaron Watsons’ signature back there on the wall.”
To learn more about Owl Drug, click here.
To learn more about Cal’s art, click here.
Other recommendations while in Coleman are shopping at Bonneville.
Also, http://rancholoma.com/Rancho Loma.