Smithville

Established in 1827 on the Colorado River, this city is on the eastern edge of the "Lost Pines of Texas." The historic downtown is home to antique shops, boutiques and restaurants. Smithville's picturesque small-town character has made it a location for several movies, including Hope Floats and Tree of Life.

Smithville was recognized in the 2009 Guinness Book of World Records for creating the World's Biggest Gingerbread Man, weighing more than 1,300 pounds and standing 20 feet tall. The giant cookie--named "Smitty"--is still the largest of its kind in the country and stands near the chamber of commerce offices. Smitty is a popular photo subject.

Annual events include Thunder on the Colorado biker rally in March, Smithville Jamboree in April, Texas Photo Festival in October and Festival of Lights in December.

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