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 Chamber of Commerce portion of our website .
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...
Discover Historic Downtown Hico at the Annual Texas Steak Cookoff
from the May 2014 Hill Country Current
The 11th annual Texas Steak Cookoff is just around the corner. On Saturday, May 17, 2014, cooks, vendors, and tourists from around the state will make their way to historic downtown Hico, Texas - rain or shine. Hico is just 90 minutes southwest of the Dallas/Ft Worth Metroplex and approximately two hours north of Austin on scenic U.S. 281. Read more...
Hico's One Act Play headed to Austin
May 6, 2014, Special to the Stephenville Empire-Tribune
Hico High School's One Act Play, "Alice in Wonderland," was selected to advance to the state competition in Austin on May 21.
Hico won the UIL Region II-1A One Act Play Contest with unprecedented awards. Hico's adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland" was written by Gary Brister, Hico's OAP director. It is based on the original works "Alice's Adventure in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass," by Lewis Carroll. The theme of this version is "Life is hard, one must adjust." Read more...
Crooked Stirrups: Changing Western Saddle Technology
By J. Michael Ross, Stephenville Empire-Tribune, Jan 31, 2014
Linda and David Jones, owners of the Crooked Stirrups
Archaeologists believe that people were riding horses as early as 10,000 B.C. with the first stirrups showing up remarkably late in the horse-and-human relationship in Assyria at about 850 B.C. Since then the technology of stirrup construction has morphed this way and that, but for a long time, the stirrups used in western saddle making haven't changed much. However a local company, Crooked Stirrups outside Hico, has changed all that dramatically. Read more...
The Upstairs Inn...
By J. Michael Ross, Stephenville Empire-Tribune, January 24, 2014
Right in the heart of things in laid-back Hico, within easy-strolling distance of store after store of fun shopping, is The Upstairs Inn and Drink Shoppe. Owned and operated by Jennifer Jones, it's easily one of the most unique small businesses in our area. As the name implies, on top it's a charming three-room hotel offering two rooms with two queen-sized beds and one room with one king-sized bed. Each has its own bathroom. On the ground floor it's a quirky, cool wine and liquor store. Read more...
Hico Cowboy Is True Entertainer
By J. Michael Ross, Stephenville Empire-Tribune, January 17, 2014
Not everyone who longs so badly to be someone who works full time with horses is willing to run away from home to do it. But that is exactly what Canadian-born Bobby Kerr, rodeo performer and TV personality from Hico, did when he was only 14. Read more...
Tigers Run to Final Four
by Caleb McCaig, Stephenville Empire-Tribune, Dec. 7, 2013
photo by CALEB MCCAIG/E-T
ROBINSON - The sweet taste of victory made the bitter cold more bearable for the Hico Tigers, who defeated the Goldthwaite Eagles 14-7 in a 1A Division I quarterfinal at Rocket Stadium Saturday afternoon. Read more...
The Evolution of Hico
by Lainey Emoto Special Contributor, Stephenville Empire-Tribune, Dec. 7, 2013
For a small town with a population of 1,374, Hico's got a lot more going on than most towns its size. On the perimeter of the Hill Country, it's a perfect day trip for visitors from the Metroplex. It has chic shopping with rustic roots. It hosts large, impressive events such as The Texas Steak Cookoff, the Homestead Antique Fair, Billy the Kid Day and Six Man Super Saturday Football. Read more...
Hico Enjoys Economic Growth, Expansion
by J. Michael Ross, Stephenville Empire-Tribune, Dec. 7, 2013
Mike James, Hico EDC Executive Director
photo by Michael Ross/E-T
Small towns with populations of under 1,500 people dot the landscape in Texas, each with its own economic ups and downs, and some drying up and blowing away altogether in these economic times.
Not so with Hico, a town with a population of 1,374 according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Like its counterparts in the state, it's had its boom times and rough times, but largely due to a dedicated group of civic-minded citizens over the past 100 years, this little town just keeps on cranking. Read more...
Hico's hero: Everybody is Somebody
by Tom Sileo, Bowling Green Daily News, December 1, 2013 2:00 am
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Shawn Hefner, Courtesy of Hico's Hero
You probably haven't heard of Hico, Texas. With a population of well under 2,000, the city's motto, "Where everybody is somebody," captures its all-American charm.
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Shawn Hefner may have lived in a small town, but his dreams were larger than life.
"He was always talking about being a Marine because his dad was a Marine," Shawn's mother, Robin Hefner, told The Unknown Soldiers. Read more...
Good News for Hico!
by City Administrator Leamons, November 13, 2013
Good news for the City! At Monday's meeting, the Council authorized the last piece of a 3 year effort to secure funding for making repairs and improvements to the water system. Approximately $3.1 million in funding with 50% loan forgiveness and with the balance at a subsidized interest rate has been secured from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). 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...