About This Place
Martindale is a city in Caldwell County, Texas, United States. The population was 953 at the 2000 census.
The city hosts an egg hunt each Easter. Every fourth of July, the town holds an Independence Parade leading to a town picnic at the oak-shaded river bottom.
In recent years, Martindale has also attracted a surprising number of film scouts who are smitten by the town’s turn-of-the-century charm. As a result, various television shows, music videos and movies have been filmed in town: most notably A Perfect World, starring Clint Eastwood and Kevin Costner, The Newton Boys, starring Matthew McConaughey and Ethan Hawke, and New Line’s 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Over the years, each subsequent film crew has left its mark on the town. A strand of wood beams sits on a vacant lot next to the bank—all that remains of a saloon that was constructed for one of the westerns.