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West, Texas

Originally established as Bold Springs, the town was renamed West in 1881, when the railroad laid lines through the area. The community was named for Thomas W. West who sold land for the railroad and for businesses wanting to locate close to the rail depot. West became a successful businessman, owning a hotel, furniture store, and bank. Czechoslovakian immigrants came to the area purchasing the rich farmland. Many descendants of the original settlers continue to farm the lands with wheat, maize and cotton. Czech traditions remain today and can be seen in cooking, baking, arts, crafts, and the love for polka music.

The Texas Legislature recognized West as the "Czech Heritage Capital of Texas" and "home of the official Kolache of the Texas Legislature." Since 1976, thousands converge on the city each Labor Day Weekend for the Westfest celebration. The event features music, arts and crafts, and plenty of Kolaches and sausage.

Bed and Breakfast accommodations are available in some of the historic buildings. Bakeries and restaurants feature Czech foods and numerous stores feature antiques, arts and crafts, and imported Czech crystal and jewelry.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Things to do near West, TX

Colonial Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 3 days...

Amon G. Carter Boating

Both Selma and Big Sandy Creek parks have boat ramps. SELMA PARK * Located off Texas 59 south of Bowie. Turn south on F...

Tpc Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas -Cottonwood Valley

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 45 days...

Gainesville Municipal Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 2 days...

Stephen F. Austin Country Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 1 days...