Cameron was founded in 1846 by Scottish Highlander and soldier Captain Ewen Cameron. The city’s first few decades experienced slow growth due to its isolation, but after the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railways ran through Cameron starting in 1881, the economy and population improved significantly. Focusing primarily on agriculture and dairy farming, including such ventures as the Kraft-Phenix Cheese Corporation, through the late 1800s and early 1900s, Cameron’s economic growth showed a steady incline. Thanks to jobs in the lignite and aluminum industries nearby, Cameron’s economy began to boom.
There are many opportunities for dining at local restaurants in Cameron. However,
Central Avenue Bistro and Marketplace takes a gourmet take on traditional American fare and steakhouse favorites, featuring 44 Farms Steaks. With indoor and outdoor seating options and live music, you can have an exquisite dining experience while sipping on perfectly paired wines and other drinks. Bob’s Steakhouse has been a tradition for over 50 years and still provides great steaks and American Cuisine for a family outing. Hecho en Texas has some of the best BBQ in Texas! Juicy, tender melt in your mouth brisket, smoked turkey, ribs and more! Treat yourself to some great BBQ and atmosphere, outdoor seating with picnic style seating! The friendliest people are in Cameron!
44 Farms has been around since 1909 and is a ranch dedicated to farming ethically raised, all-natural Black Angus beef. The 44 Farms Retail Center is located just outside Cameron, where you can drop in for a selection of their beef, or you can order their high-quality meat and specialty items like franks, ground beef, home meals, jerky, apparel, and more on their online store and receive them either overnight or throughout the week to enjoy!
The Bling Box Boutique in downtown Cameron offers a wide variety of ladies clothes, shoes, jewelry, and ‘bling’. Stop in and Courtney, Jeremy or staff will treat you like royalty, with the best customer service around. Cameron Farm and Ranch Company is the most eclectic store in Central Texas. It’s a feed store, boutique, handmade soaps, crafts, horse, and pet supplies, as well as a birders place for buying seed, feeders and more! Stop in for an adventure in shopping. If antiques are your niche, you’ll be in heaven in Cameron. From Chelle’s Antiques & Decor to Premier Studio Antiques, you can easily spend more than one afternoon searching for treasures to add to your collections.
Aptly named after an oasis, En Gedi Vineyards & Winery has over three acres of vineyards, all grown using sustainable farming practices to minimize environmental impact, all while delivering perfectly ripened grapes. Triple C Winery & Vineyard is a family-owned winery, vineyard, and ranch, currently focused on creating their newest batch of fine Blackland Prairie wines.
For outdoor activities that require a little more exertion, there are plenty of parks for you and the family to check out, Horseshoe Tournaments are held throughout the year at the Horseshoe Pits in Cameron. Other places to venture are, Cameron Hike and Bike Trail, Cameron Pool Park and Orchard Park Walking Trail, and Cameron Country Club Golf Course.
If you’d like to catch a local baseball game, find hike and bike trails, let the kids play on a playground, The Yards of Cameron is the place to be!
Cameron has two historical parks recognized by the Texas Historical Commission; One is Wilson Ledbetter Park which has a lake with ducks and other waterfowl. The stone buildings on site were constructed during the depression and are a great architectural example of stonework done through the WPA Programs. The park is also a Bird Sanctuary. The second, displays a Texas Historical marker which humbly affirms, the City Park as the site of Cameron’s first home. The park pavilion built in 1890 dominates the lot and made history in 1892 as the scene of a gubernatorial debate between candidates Gov. James S. Hogg and George Clark. The 2.48 was also the boyhood home of Sul Ross governor of Texas and president of Texas A&M.
In addition to visiting, Historical City Parks, Milam County Historical Museum is another great look into the city’s and counties past. There are two museum locations. One formerly the town’s jail, built in 1895 is a 3-story structure complete with a hanging tower, jail cells, and sheriff’s living quarters. It also has a National Historical Registry. The other location features historical artifacts from the Indians who once lived in the area, as well as historical photos and other memorabilia of the area history. Charles Goodnight once lived in Milam County as a young boy, as noted in the 1850 Census. Also, featured here is the Old Town Cameron and Railroad Museum. Take a glimpse back in time at Cameron in the 1940’s in a miniature setting with trains running through and stopping at depots. Hand built by John Johnson and wife Frances of Cameron. A true labor of love.
Arts & Entertainment
For an entertaining indoor activity, head over to Milam Community Theater to watch the latest in adult and youth community theater year-round. Cameron’s Second Saturday in June Art Walk in downtown Cameron. Other arts and entertainment events happen throughout the year. You can also click here to see upcoming events happening in Cameron!