J. Griffis Smith
Founded in 1852 as a cypress-shingle camp, the town was the site of a Mormon colony established in 1854. This is one of the oldest Polish communities in the U.S. The authentic Western town, surrounded by working and guest ranches, bills itself as the "Cowboy Capital of the World." Rodeos are held at least twice weekly, Memorial Day-Labor Day. Western re-enactments are on Saturday afternoons in Western Heritage Park on Main St. Check with the convention and visitors bureau for schedule.
The area offers horseback riding and swimming in resort pools or clear Hill Country lakes and rivers. Exotics ranches are available for year-round hunting. Find fishing, camping, hiking, rodeos, two 18-hole golf courses and various live music venues.
Ranches & Rodeos
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