Established in 1881 as stop on the Texas and Pacific Railroad, Pecos gained early fame as a hangout for rowdy cowboys and fast-draw lawmen. Touted as the "Home of Worlds First Rodeo," Pecos was the scene of a cowboy contest in 1883 that was the forerunner of todays popular sport. The West of the Pecos Rodeo is still held annually the last weekend of June. Today, it is a hub of travel and a commercial center for ranching, irrigated farming, produce processing, and oil production. Area hunting includes mule deer, javelina and upland game birds.

Pecos also is known for cantaloupes. Originally grown only in area irrigated fields, this luscious melon’s seeds known as “Sweet Pecos Cantaloupe,” is the delight of gourmets and is grown in several places in West Texas and the Southwest. Harvested late July through September with a festival held in late summer. For festival schedule, call 432/445-2406.

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