Cisco Texas History:
In approximately 1878, Rev. C.G. Stevens arrived in the area and established a church and post office which he named Red Gap. In 1884, the Houston and Texas Central Railway built a new line that crossed the tracks of the Texas and Pacific Railway near Red Gap. Town residents moved to the railway crossing. The Texas and Pacific Railway purchased lots in the town advertised the town in brochures touting the town as the "Gate City of the West" and promising half fares and generous baggage service for all settlers. When the town received a post office three years later, town residents renamed their town Cisco in honor of railroad financier John A. Cisco. The railroad was good to the town. Its agricultural agents advised settlers on farming, and sometimes provided the seed. By the mid-1990s, the town’s economy was based on commerce, ranching, fruit farming, limestone, and coal and iron ore. In 1919, Conrad Hilton came to town to buy a bank. The bank cost too much so he purchased the Mobley Hotel which became the first hotel in the Hilton Hotel chain. Probably the best-known event in Cisco history was the Santa Claus Bank Robbery
. It occurred two days before Christmas of 1927, when four men robbed the First National Bank, taking $12,000 in cash and $150,000 in nonnegotiable securities. Cisco is located at the intersections of IH-20, U.S. 18 and SH 6, SH 6, 34 miles east of Abilene, 25 miles east of Baird, 34 miles southeast of Albany, 28 miles south of Breckenridge, 48 miles southwest of Palo Pinto and Possum Kingdom State Park, 34 miles southwest of Strawn, 21 miles southwest of Ranger, 27.6 miles northwest of Gorman, 59 miles northeast of Brownwood and Brownwood State Park, 20.5 miles northeast of Rising Star, and 9.7 miles slightly southwest of Eastland, Texas.
Lela Latch Lloyd Museum:
The museum is located in the first Hilton Hotel built by Conrad Hilton. The museum has five divisions including the Innkeeper Gallery, The Cisco Museum, The Walls of Fame, The Cisco Pictorial, and The Santa Claus Bank Robbery. Rooms contain historic documents, historic artifacts, and photographs. The Steve Hilton Room features photographs, artifacts, and a film exhibit. Two rooms are furnished with period pieces, accessories and memorabilia. Open Fri-Sat, 1pm-5pm. (325) 794-4400, Ext 4428. (254) 442-2374. 309 Conrad Hilton Avenue (SH 6). Email
Big Country Dinner Theatre at the Crawford Theatre at Cisco College:
Artists come from around the nation to perform at this dinner theater. (254) 442-5000, Ext. 0. The theater is located north of town on the east side of Avenue D, across Avenue D from Cisco College and just past Rockwell Drive. Email
Cisco Junior College:
(254) 442-5000. 101 College Heights.