Near the top of the scenic Texas Hill Country, at the crossroads of Highways 281, 6 and 220, Hico is a quick trip from Dallas, Fort Worth or Austin--- the perfect getaway for an afternoon or a weekend. From unique shopping in the historical downtown district and comfortable and inviting bed and breakfasts, to beautiful Hill Country scenery and nearby hunting, fishing and equestrian opportunities, you will find it all here in Hico. For more on area attractions, visit the Community fly-out menu on the left side of this page.
For the second year in a row, an area Air Stream club chose Hico as the site of their fall excursion. All of the park's 21 spaces were full. Four times during the year, Hico's Bosque River RV Park is full, during the Steak Cook Off, IBC Bar-B-Que Cook Off, the Air Stream club excursion and a Keene-area Seventh Day Adventist church camp.
The City of Hico voted to keep the same tax rate as was used last year, but because that rate will raise additional revenue, the following notice is required: THE CITY OF HICO ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR'S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 1.2 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $8.40.
Vic Cornett remembers the olden days
July 18, 2014 by Lainey Emoto, Stephenville Empire-Tribune
Vic Cornett, photo by Michael Ross, E-T
On a recent Saturday, among all the hustle bustle at the Chicken House Flea Market, one older vendor stood out. His name, Vic Cornett. His age, 97...
He owned a Mexican café for awhile, then bought a truck and did hauling. He also had some cattle on leased land near Glen Rose. In about 1945 he began hauling alfalfa from places like North Dakota, New Mexico and Colorado to Hico.
"That was in the day when they still pulled cotton by hand, that's how long ago it was," he said. "At one time they claimed that there was more cotton shipped out of Hico than any other place in the State of Texas." Read more...
Celebrity chef to take part in Texas Steak Cookoff
May 3, 2014 by Lainey Emoto, Stephenville Empire-Tribune
Celebrity Chef, Freida Nicole Davenport
Organizers of the Texas Steak Cookoff have announced the name of the celebrity chef cooking for the VIP dinner portion of the celebration in historic downtown Hico on May 17.
It's Frieda Nicole Davenport, Texas-born-and-bred rancher, gourmet chef, pit-master and winner of the World Champion Wagyu Steak and Brisket Championship in 2010.
Davenport describes her style of cooking as gourmet ranch cuisine with an emphasis on local farm-to-table produce and meats. But it's more than just meat and potatoes. It's "really good food presented in a beautiful way." She also specializes in old-world breads and baked goods. Read more...
Black Hawk Down's Long Shadow
by Daniel Klaidman (The Daily Beast: The Hero Project, Oct. 9, 2013)
Twenty years later, the battle still echoes in America's top policy circles. As the U.S. sets foot in Somalia again, men who fought in 1993 tell Daniel Klaidman what still haunts them.
...William F. Garrison, the general who commanded the operation and was played by Sam Shepherd in the film, took full responsibility for the episode's tactical failings. Shortly after the event, he hand-wrote a letter to President Clinton, Defense Secretary Les Aspin, and members of Congress explaining his actions but not making any excuses. His career was short-circuited and he retired two years later.
Garrison now lives on a farm in Hico, Texas, and has never given an interview about Black Hawk Down. He is revered by most of the troops who served under him in Somalia. During the reunion weekend, he attended a barbeque held at Ross Perot's house in Texas. He apparently mingled easily with the members of Task Force Ranger and seemed happy to be there. Read more....
published @ horseback online
In the Legends Division, Bobby Kerr [who lives in Hico, MWL] and Maypop wowed the judges and the crowd with precise maneuvers in the compulsories and an entertaining freestyle that ended with Maypop sitting beside Kerr in an antique car as they exited the arena. In addition to the $50,000 winner's check, they also earned $5,000 as the Fan Favorites. Read more...
And, his 2011 performance .
by Brett Hoffman, San Angelo Standard-Times
West Texas roping fans are very familiar with Cody Ohl. The six-time world champion lives in Hico and has been a standout competitor at high-profile shows such as the Roping Fiesta in San Angelo and the Windy Ryon Memorial Roping in Fort Worth. He also has finished in the money many times at major PRCA rodeos in San Antonio and Houston. Last weekend the 38-year-old Ohl became the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's fourth competitor to surpass $3 million in career earnings after placing at three rodeos on the West Coast. Read more...
by Tom Wilmes (published in American Cowboy)
Don Edwards [a resident of the Hico area], 72, is known as America's Cowboy Balladeer and recently celebrated his 50th anniversary in the music business. Read more...