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Population: 2,600+Region: Prairies & Lakes
Located North of Waco on Interstate 35


Named the 'Czech Heritage Capital of Texas' by the Texas State Legislature, West is known for its Czech traditions including cooking, arts, crafts, baking and polka music. It also carries the distinction of being the 'home of the official Kolache of the Texas Legislature'.

Located just a few minutes north of Waco off I-35, West is a friendly town with many growning businesses - particularly along the Interstate. Beginning in 1976 West has hosted the Westfest every Labor Day weekend featuring Czech music, arts, crafts, sausage and kolaches. In the town proper you will find bed and breakfast accommodations in historic buildings. Many of the bakeries and restaurants serve traditional Czech food you don't want to miss. And, there are antique shops, as well as stores offering imported Czech crystal and jewelry.


West, Texas Czech Fest West, Texas Central Texas town West, Texas - North of Waco - South of Dallas

Labor Day Czech Fest Czech Capital of Texas - West, Texas Kolaches, Czech Sausage and Polkas


Katy Depot Museum - Open Thursday & Friday 3-5pm; Sat 9am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm.

Lakes: Aquilla, Navarro Mills, Waco and Whitney (Lake info here)



Cities within 50-60 miles:

Abbott
Aquilla
Bellmead
Birome
Blum
Brandon
Bynum
Chain Spring
Clifton
Coolidge
Crawford
Dawson
Elm Mott
Frost
Gatesville
Gholson
Grandview
Hewitt
Hillsboro
Hubbard
Irene
Italy
Itasca
Kopperl
Lacy
Laguna Park
Lakeside Village
Lakeview
Leroy
McGregor
Malone
Mart
Meridian
Mertens
Milford
Morgan
Mount Calm
Osceola
Penelope
Peoria
Perry
Prairie Hill
Punlon
Riesel
Techuacana
Valley Mills
Waco
Whitney




History

Renamed West in 1881, the town originally was known as Bold Springs. In 1881 when the railroad came through the town's namesake - Thomas W. West - was known for selling land for the railroad as well as for businesses that wanted to be close to a railroad depot. Mr. West was a successful business man owning a bank, furniture store and hotel. Czechoslsovakian immigrants liked the area and settled there. Their descendants still farm the surrounding land with crops of maize, cotton, and wheat.

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