Hico is a small town located in Central Texas in the County of Hamilton with an estimated population of 1,347. “Where everybody is somebody” is Hico’s inspirational town motto. Hico real estate sits near the top of the Texas Hill Country providing gorgeous views for residents to enjoy daily. Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin are only a short road trip away. Hico is the perfect getaway for city-goers to enjoy some peace and quiet in a true “small-town” community. Walk around Hico’s historic downtown, stay a night or two at a cozy bed and breakfast, or just enjoy the outdoors. The scenery is beautiful, and you’ll be able to find opportunities for fishing and horseback riding out here in the countryside.
Hico was incorporated in 1883 and named after the founder’s hometown which is in Calloway County, Kentucky. Hico’s original location was right alongside Honey Creek, but the arrival of the Texas Central line (Katy Railroad) caused residents to move over about 2.5 miles to the rail line. The market relied on cattle and cotton over the years, but today the economy is dominated by ranching and tourism. Hico was incorporated in 1883 and is the Hamilton County shipping center.
Hico gained some unexpected attention after a resident named “Brushy Bill” Roberts claimed to be the infamous Billy the Kid. Historians and family members didn’t believe his claims, but Hico made the most of this event and opened the Billy the Kid Museum. The claim even got public recognition on the NBC TV series Unsolved Mysteries proposing the idea that history could have been mistaken.
Hico has a restored western downtown district that appeals to tourism with antique stores, gift shops, a drink stop, restaurants and a gourmet popcorn shop. The Koffee Kup is a popular diner in Hico which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in three separate dining areas. The Koffee Kup has become a world famous stop that locals and travelers make a point to visit when they can. The pies, chicken fried steak, donuts and breads cannot be beat.
Hico is one hour from Waco, two hours from Dallas and Austin and three hours from San Antonio. Waco is home to the Cameron Park Zoo, Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, Waco Mammoth National Monument, Dr. Pepper Museum, Hawaiian Falls water park and more. It’s an easy road trip that is painless to take every other weekend or so for some family fun. Dallas and Austin are booming with activities, shopping, dining, parks and entertainment. There are several lakes including White Rock Lake in Dallas and Lake Travis in Austin, but those are only one out of several lakes in each city. Both have their own zoos and aquariums as well. Austin is famous for its music history, sixth street, yearly festivals, street tacos and laid back community. Dallas is modern art, shopping districts, Six Flags over Texas, Deep Ellum, great concerts, Klyde Warren Park, Dallas Arboretum and some of the best barbeque around. San Antonio is popular for Sea World, Six Flags, several other amusement parks, a zoo, the river walk, The Alamo, the San Antonio River and more. There are too many things to do and places to go in all of these cities. Hico is right in the middle of so many great vacation spots and weekend road trips. Which one would you take first?