Madisonville, the seat of Madison County, is on a league of land granted by the Mexican government to Job Starks Collard, a member of Stephen F. Austins "Old 300." In 1854, Collard donated 200 acres of land for the county seat. Both the county and city are named for President James Madison. Madisonville is on Texas 21, which traces part of the historic El Camino Real route that runs from Natchitoches, La., to Mexico City.
About 400,000 pounds of fresh mushrooms are produced weekly at Monterey Mushrooms Inc., contributing to Madisonvilles official designation by the Texas Legislature as the Mushroom Capital of Texas. The city also is home to the annual Texas Mushroom Festival in October.
May features rodeo events conducted by the Madisonville Sidewalk Cattlemens Association.
Outdoor recreation enthusiasts enjoy Lake Madison Park, which offers a 75-acre reservoir, boat ramp, fishing, picnic areas and sports fields.
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