First settled 1853, and in
1855-56 known as Encino. once domain of notorious
frontier sheriff and outlaw, J. King Fisher. Historical
marker on Fisher and graves of early settlers killed by
Indians in Pioneer Cemetery, 500 block N. Park St. Today
a retail center for extensive cattle, sheep and goat
ranching, and truck farming. Industries include vegetable
packing and processing, aircraft modifications, and
garment making. City is at intersection of nation's two
longest highways, U.S, 90 and U.S. 83, Home of Southwest
Texas junior College and Sul Ross State Univ. I Rio
Briscoe Art and
collection of art and antiques collected by former Gov.
and Mrs. Dolph Briscoe is displayed in the First State
Bank, Highlighted masterpieces include works by Rembrandt
and Gainsborough, as well as American Western artists
Warren and Salinas. Tours available. Open Mon. - Fri. 9
a.m. - 3 p.m. Closed most holidays. 200 East Nepal St.
For information, call (210)278-6231
Former home of John
"Cactus Jack" Garner, vice president under
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Miscellaneous historical material
and special displays associated with Garner and area
history. Open Mon. Sat. 9 a.m. - noon, I - 5 p.m. (Open
Sun. Jun.- mid-Aug. I - 5 p.m.) Closed holidays. 333 N.
Park St. Admission.
Garner State Park-
North 31 miles via U.S.
83. See Concan.
National Fish Hatchery-
One of the
"top producing warm-water federal hatcheries in the
nation" offers refuge to endangered fish species.
Area is also popular for bird watching, hiking, and
picnics. Located one mile south on F.M. 48l.
Restored and refurbished,
the Grand Opera House, c, 1891, was once the center of
cultural activity in Southwest Texas. Today's
performances are given in an original turn-of-the-century
setting. Tours available through the box office Mon. -
Fri., 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. For information, call
(210)278-4184. On the Plaza at 100 W. North St.
Inge County Park is site of old U.S. Cavalry post built in
1849, Park features hiking trails, camping and picnic
tables. Located along the scenic Leona River at the base
of extinct volcano. Also noted for bird watching. On F.M. 140 1.5-miles south of
de Los Heroes Park, "Garden of the Heroes," honors
Vietnam veterans and features playground equipment and
picnic facilities. At 801 West Main St.
Memorial Park & Recreational Complex is on the banks of the Leona
River. Features include municipal golf course, lighted
tennis courts, picnic tables, playground equipment,
covered pavilion, and walking trails At 337 East Main St.
U.S. 83 north
through Concan, past Garner State Park to Leakey, then
west on F.M. 337 and south on Texas 55; or at Leakey,
cast on F.M 337 to Vanderpool (near Lost Maples Natural
Area), and south on F.M. 187 to Sabinal; some of the most
spectacular scenery in Texas Hill Country. Take your