The original inhabitants of the area were the Mescalero Apaches. The town site was established in 1906 by land promoters in the center of a 10,000-acre tract fed by the San Solomon Springs.

Nearby Balmorhea Lake, along the North American Central Flyway, offers opportunities for birding and fishing, plus primitive and full-service camping sites. A fishing license can be obtained at Balmorhea State Park.

Other area sights include Calera Church. Originally named Mission Mary, the church first recorded baptisms and marriages in 1902. The mission was renovated in 2003 and serves as an all-denominational chapel. It is two miles west of Balmorhea State Park on F.M. 3018.

Events include the First Friday Monthly Flea Market and Memorial Day Festival and Labor Day Festival softball tournaments.


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