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General--Jewett was laid out by the International Railroad Company in 1871 and named for Henry J. Jewett, a prominent lawyer and politician during the Republic of Texas days. For many years, it was one of a few towns served by three railroads. In 1920, it became the first town in Texas to be governed entirely by women under an all-female city council and mayor.
The Texas Legislature recognizes Jewett as the Sculpture Capital of Texas, known for having dozens of works on display in public areas and private galleries. The city's 11-acre park features sports courts, a playground, covered pavilion, picnic tables and a paved walking trail.
Events include the Fall Frolic on the second weekend in October and the Flea Festival on the second weekend in April. The Jewett Flea Market is on the second full weekend of each month.