Why you should stop in Hico, whether or not it’s on your route.
October 29, 2015, By Jordan Breal, Texas Monthly
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
by Anne Reddington, October 13, 2015, atlasobscura.com
When the tall, lean 39-year old from Chicago was asked to explain his job, he said: “If anybody asks you, sign paintings 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…
by Don Williams, A-J MEDIA, published on www.redraiders.com
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…
by Mary Rogers, 02/04/15, 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…
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
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 cafï¿½ for a while, 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….
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.
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…