Newton

Seat of Newton County, the eastern-most county of Texas. The city's motto is "Clean Air, Fresh Water and Friendly People." There are several Texas historical markers and medallions throughout the county. Newton County sees more than 220 species of birds and is home to four birding sites on the Big Thicket Loop of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.

Caney Creek Park features a walking trail around ponds and fountains. At Texas 87 and U.S. 190. Call 409/379-5527, or visit www.newton-texas.com.

W.H. Ford College/Powell Hotel Museum, on the Historic Courthouse Square, represents the education and culture of Newton County beginning in 1889. Open by appointment. 409/379-2109.

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