7 Small Texas Towns Perfect for a Weekend Getaway

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3. Pecos, Texas

Situated in the river valley on the west bank of the Pecos River lies the small town of Pecos, Texas. On July 4, 1883 Pecos had the world’s first rodeo and a rich heritage was born. The legendary Judge Roy Bean known as the “Law West of the Pecos” had his famous Jersey Lily Saloon, named for famous English singer and actress Lily Langtry, in the town of Langtry named in her honor just south of Pecos. A replica of the courthouse and jail are in the town of Pecos. The Fort Davis National Historic site lies 70 miles south of Pecos. Considered one of the best preserved of all 19th century frontier forts, Fort Davis houses 523 acres of preserved buildings and museums of what once was home to the famed Buffalo Soldiers. The old Orient Hotel once known as the best hotel between Ft Worth and El Paso still exists as a museum featuring over 50 rooms of history and memorabilia, including the bullet holes in the wall where a cowboy met his demise in the old saloon.

Pecos River, Texas

4. Fredericksburg, Texas

Fredericksburg was founded in 1846 by German, Baron Otfried Hans Freiherr von Meusebach, who later dropped the nobility and just became known as John O. Meusebach. Originally settled as town for German immigrants, Fredericksburg today is a popular day trip and weekend getaway for people living in San Antonio, Austin and surrounding areas. Fredericksburg has over 700 historic structures in town including churches, the old White Elephant Saloon and the Nimitz Hotel. The Nimitz Hotel was built in 1852, resembling a steamboat, by Charles Henry Nimitz the grandfather of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz of WW2 fame and now house the National Museum of the Pacific War. Other notable attractions include the 3.5 acre Pioneer Museum featuring examples of early German settlers, Fort Martin Scott the first fort established on the western frontier of Texas and numerous shops. The nearby town of Luckenbach, made famous by a Willie Nelson song is just 13 miles south of Fredericksburg and the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site is only a few miles away.

Fredericksburg, Texas
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