Established in 1881, Pecos gained early fame as a hangout for rowdy cowboys and fast-draw lawmen.

Touted as the "Home of World's First Rodeo," Pecos was the scene of a cowboy contest in 1883 that was the forerunner of today's popular sport. The annual West of the Pecos Rodeo is held the last weekend of June.

Pecos also is known for cantaloupes. Pecos cantaloupes enjoy comparable status with Maine lobsters and French wines. Harvested late July through September with a festival held in late summer. For festival schedule, call 432/445-2406.

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