Organized in 1846, the town lies on the scenic Colorado River and southwest of Houston on U.S. 59. The downtown area is known for its quaint antique and gift shops, restaurants, historical murals and restored 1888 Wharton County Courthouse. Also downtown is the 1921 Plaza Theatre (whartonplazatheatre.org). Riverfront Park overlooks the winding Colorado River. Visit the restored 1915 Southern Pacific Railroad Depot. Children can play at Dinosaur Park near downtown.