Texas Midwest 2022 Visitors Guide

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Population 463 - (page 32) Nestled in a hollow between two buttes that form the “Gap” in the Callahan Divide, sits the town of Buffalo Gap. Buffalo used this natural opening to migrate to and from their grazing grounds. The “Gap” in the hills holds rain water well, creating pools of water, lush grasses, and tall oak trees providing plenty of shade, all of which attracted the bison, the Native Americans, and the settlers to this area. Buffalo Gap was the first township in Taylor County and served as the county seat until 1883 when a vote relocated it to the growing town of Abilene. Today, the Buffalo Gap Historic Village offers a glimpse back to those frontier days as guests tour the original Taylor County Courthouse and other late 18th century and early 19th century buildings. Buffalo Gap is home to gift shops, and a variety of restaurants. The State Park allows for activities such as camping, hiking, and fishing. Buffalo Gap Flea Market is the third Saturday of each month at the Old Settlers Reunion Grounds.


Population 3,853 - (page 34) In 1919, Conrad Hilton came to Cisco with plans to buy a bank in the midst of the oil boom. At that time hotel rooms were being rented in 8 hour shifts for fantastic prices. Seeing the opportunity for profit he purchased the Mobley Hotel in the center of downtown Cisco establishing the first in the Hilton chain of hotels. December 23, 1927 is a day that will long be remembered in Cisco when Marshall Ratliff dressed as Santa Claus robbed the First National Bank, one of Texas’ most infamous crimes. Visit Cisco and take a short drive out to the Lake Cisco Dam to see what was once the largest concrete swimming pool in the world. While there, you will see remnants of the old zoo where the cages were actually built into the hillsides. When in Cisco visit the antique and specialty shops on Conrad Hilton Blvd. To learn more about events, dates, and times of annual events contact the Chamber of Commerce located in the Mobley Hotel, 309 Conrad Hilton Ave, 254-442-2537, ciscochamberofcommerce @gmail.com


Population 4,000 Clyde traces its roots to the expansion of the Texas & Pacific Railway, in 1880, through the Callahan Divide – between the Brazos and Colorado Rivers. Legend has it that the railroad construction crew gathered regularly at Robert Clyde’s construction camp and supply tent, hence the area began to be commonly referred to as “Clyde’s.” The town was formally chartered on July 9, 1907. Situated above an aquifer, Clyde quickly earned the nickname “Little California” for its bountiful fruit and vegetable crops, which were shipped across Texas by rail. Fastforward to today and Clyde is a town of 4,000 with a bustling economy prepared for exciting growth in the years to come. Clyde CISD is a TEA “Recognized” district with new schools, a new performing arts center, and a new football stadium. Clyde is a city that is both proud of its history and purposefully forging ahead. Festivals, parades, and events at the Public Library, City Plaza, City Park, and Clyde Lake all add to the quality of life for Clyde residents. For more information, please contact the Clyde Chamber of Commerce, 325-893-4221, chamber@ clydecityhall.com

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