Van Horn grew from a wayfaring stop
on the historic Bankhead Highway and Old Spanish Trail from San Antonio to California in
the mid 1800's. Still a primary road junction of I-10 (U.S. 80), U.S. 90 and Texas 54, and
hub to several state and national parks; in a broad basin devoted to irrigated farming,
surrounded by Van Horn, Sierra Diablo and Apache Mountains. Mining includes talc,
sulfur and marble, plus undeveloped indications of copper, uranium and feldspar. A
popular stop for east west or north south travelers; caters to longer staying vacationers
with its sunny climate, interesting rock and mineral deposits, hunting for mule deer,
pronghorn antelope and upland game birds.
John Madden, colorful television football broadcaster, designated Chuy's Restaurant for
his "Haul of Fame". Madden frequently crisscrosses the country in his bus
to broadcast games. Just before Super bowl Weekend, he annually names his
"All-Madden Team". Plaques and photos of inductees hang in the Chuy's
restaurant at 1200 West Business Loop 10.
Information on events, accommodations, and area attractions may be obtained from the
Van Horn Convention and Visitors Bureau at 915/ 283-2682.
Culberson County Historical Museum -
A vivid reminder of civilization which came slowly to this remote region.
Displays of Indian artifacts, antique ranch, farm and home implements. A resplendent
antique bar, complete with ornate wood, mirrors and brass rail, recalls lusty frontier
times. In historic Clark Hotel, 110 West Business Loop10 downtown.
For information, call the Van Horn Convention and Visitors Bureau at 915/ 283-2682.
Smokehouse Auto Museum -
The only classic car museum in Far West Texas; restored vehicles from the `teens to the
`60's. Rotated regularly from a private collection. Also featured are photos
and other automobile related related memorabilia.
Open Monday - Saturday 6 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.; adjacent to the Smokehouse Restaurant.
At 905 West Business Loop 10.