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 and entertainment in front of the courthouse on Saturday afternoons, March–December. Check with the convention and visitors bureau for schedule.
Horseback riding available, plus swimming in resort pools or clear Hill Country lakes and rivers. Fishing; exotic ranches available for year-round hunting; camping, hiking, rodeos, two 18-hole golf courses and various live music venues.