J. Griffis Smith
The original inhabitants of the area were the Mescalero Apaches. The town was established in 1906 by a firm of land promoters. The town site was in the center of a 10,000-acre tract watered by the San Solomon Springs.
Nearby Balmorhea Lake, along the North American Central Flyway, offers opportunities for birding and fishing, plus primitive and full-service camping sites. A fishing license can be obtained at Balmorhea State Park. Permit fees are required.
Other area sights include Calera Church. Originally named Mission Mary, the church first recorded baptisms and marriages in 1902. The mission was renovated in 2003 and serves as an all-denominational chapel. It is two miles west of Balmorhea State Park on F.M. 3018.
Events include the First Friday Monthly Flea Market and Memorial Day Festival and Labor Day Festival softball tournaments.
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