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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.


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Routine Monitoring Violation Total Coliform Rule


The City of Hico/PWS #0970002 failed to collect the required number of bacteriological samples for coliform monitoring of the water distribution system during January, 2016. This monitoring is required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's "Drinking Water Standards" and the federal "Safe Drinking Water Act," Public Law 95-523.


Bacteriological samples are used to monitor water quality and indicate if the water is free of coliform bacteria. Our water system is required to submit 2 bacteriological samples each month. Failure to collect all required bacteriological samples is a violation of the monitoring requirements and we are required to notify you of this violation.


Staff submitted 4 bacteriological samples from our system during January, but those were related to the construction of new water lines and didn't satisfy the monitoring requirements. None of the samples have shown any problem with water quality; we simply failed to submit the required samples. Our operators monitor disinfectant levels in our water system on a daily basis to ensure compliance with state standards.


If you have any questions regarding this violation, you may contact City Administrator Michael Leamons at (254) 796-4620.



Hello, Hico

Why you should stop in Hico, whether or not it's on your route.
October 29, 2015 By Jordan Breal, Texas Monthly


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Lunch is served at Eis's. Photo by Jordan Breal


Over the years, I've logged quite a few miles driving around Texas. And while there's nothing like the thrill of setting off down a road I've never traveled before (and there are still plenty of those left), there are certain routes I've traversed so often I've memorized the gravel's every hiccup. One such stretch lies between northwest Austin, where I live, and west Fort Worth, where I'm from. Although I-35 is a more direct shot (and does have its notable roadside stops), I much prefer the bucolic, mostly two-lane "back way," the heart of which runs from 281, near Lampasas, up to 67, through Glen Rose. And no small reason for that is because I get to pass through Hico. See more at:



Walldogs and the Disappearing Art of Painting Signs on Buildings

by Anne Reddington, October 13, 2015, atlasobscura.com


Dr. Pepper Sign
Old Dr Pepper mural on a building in the town of Hico in Hamilton County, Texas. (Photo: Library of Congress) [from atlasobscura.com]


When the tall, lean 39-year old from Chicago was asked to explain his job, he said: "If anybody asks you, sign-painting's just an occupational disease. But we get around, that's something." It was the mid-1930s, and the Works Projects Administration was assembling a Historical Records Survey-personal accounts about different professions-as a kind of oral history of American workers. They sent writers out to scour the country, hoping to create a portrait of its workforce. They interviewed all kinds of people, including a few sign-painters like the man from Chicago. At the time sign-painting was a fairly common job, and many sign-painters did, indeed, get around. While most cities had their own sign shops, many smaller towns and rural areas depended on traveling artisans to do their sign-painting. Read more...


Segrist, Texas Tech baseball bedrock, dies at 84

by Don Williams, A-J MEDIA, published on www.redraiders.com


Kal Segrist at Texas Tech
Provided by Texas Tech. Kal Segrist, second from right, coached the Texas Tech baseball team from 1968-83.


In 2014, the Texas Tech baseball program debuted at the College World Series, won 40 games for the 12th time and played in a stadium spruced up by a recent $5 million face-lift. In contrast, Kal Segrist had no budget to speak of, little chance to compete on even terms and a honey locust in play in his outfield. He treated his park and his players with love anyway. He gave it all to a program that really didn't put much money in back then," former Tech third baseman John Owens said Saturday. "It'd be nice if he'd be remembered for what he did," former Tech coach Larry Hays said. "All we've got today is because of what he started." Read more...


Don Edwards Is Still Singing His Western Tunes

by Mary Rogers, 02/04/15, Fort Worth Star-Telegram


Don Edwards
Photo by Max Faulkner, Fort Worth Star-Telegram


After more than 50 years in the spotlight, Edwards has become an award-winning performer, a celebrated keeper of cowboy lore and a Western Music Association Hall of Fame honoree. His name is installed in the Walk of Western Stars in Santa Clarita, Calif., along with those of his childhood heroes, including Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Tex Ritter. He's a Grammy Award nominee who, with a suitcase full of songs, has traveled the world telling stories set to music and has brought home more awards than he can remember. Read more...


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Bosque River RV Park Full


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.


Vic Cornett remembers the olden days
July 18, 2014 by Lainey Emoto, Stephenville Empire-Tribune


Vic Cornett
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...



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....



  • Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover Crowns Champions in Four Divisions

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 .


Cody Ohl Roping in Reno

  • Hico competitor Ohl surpasses $3M in earnings

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...


  • At Home With: Don Edwards (America's Cowboy Balladeer opens up about his life in music, his love of the cowboy way, and his latest recording project.)

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...


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