Big Bend
2010 Census - 8,780
2000 Census - 9,501
Pecos, Texas
Pecos Texas History:
The town was originally established as a cattle driver’s camp on the east side of the Pecos River. In the 1880s, the town was platted on the west side of the river on a section of land that did not have a clear title. George A. Knight owned the platted land offered the Texas and Pacific Railway land for a depot and the several city blocks. The railroad accepted his offer and built its tracks through the area in 1881. The town was called first Pecos Station, then Pecos City, and finally Pecos. In 1883, Pecos became the designated county seat of the newly formed Reeves County.The post office was established in 1883 when Pecos had approximately 150 residents. By 1914, it had 1,856 residents. Pecos incorporated in 1929. World War II the Pecos Army Air Field was built near Pecos. Pecos’s economy is largely based on farming, ranching and the oil industry. The town claims that on July 4, 1883 the world’s first rodeo was held a block south of the Pecos Courthouse. All but one building in the downtown section of Pecos is intact. The town is a Texas Main Street City and is billed as “Home of the World’s First Rodeo.” Pecos is located on the Pecos River at the intersections of IH-20, U.S. 285 and SH 17, 77 miles southwest of Odessa, 50 miles southwest of Kermit, 40.6 miles southwest of Monahans, 53 miles northwest of Fort Stockton, 75 miles northeast of Fort Davis, 42.7 miles northeast of Toyahvale, 38.6 miles northeast of Balmorhea, and 90 miles northeast of Van Horn, Texas.
Reeves County AgriLife Extension Office:
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension offices are responsible for 4-H and youth programs, agriculture and natural programs, family and consumer science, and community development. They also have hunting information. They manage head start, senior citizen, home economics, agriculture, 4-H and other programs. If your tomatoes have blight, contact them. If you need to know something regarding a small town, contact them or the county judge’s office. (432) 447-9041. Judge: (432) 445-5418. AgriLife Email 
Reeves County Courthouse, 1937:
The courthouse was designed with classical revival and Mediterranean elements by architects Trost and Trost of El Paso. This courthouse replaced the original one built in 1886. The 2010 Reeves County census was 13,783. (432) 445-5418. 100 East 4th Street, Pecos, Texas 79772.
Pecos Main Street Program:
All but one building in the downtown section of Pecos is intact. The historic Texas and Pacific Railroad depot is located at the north end of Oak Street, Pecos’ main street. Located adjacent to the depot are a caboose and a headstone for Clay Allison, a notorious gunfighter who died when his head was crushed by his own wagon. (432) 445-9656. 508 South Oak Street.
Famous Pecos Cantaloupe:
This nationally famous melon originated in Pecos. 1880s Pecos residents growing melons in gardens noticed the sun and soil gave the melons a distinctive flavor. In 1917, Madison and Julia Todd grew 8 acres of melons, selling part of the crop to Texas & Pacific Railroad’s dining cars. Today over 2,000 acres are planted annually. The cantaloupes begin ripening in July and continue until late October, and are ordered by restaurants and businesses across the nation. A cantaloupe festival is held in late summer.
West of the Pecos Museum & Windmill Square Pavilion:
Exhibits depict the history of Pecos, Reeves County, and the region west of the Pecos River. The museum is located in two buildings, the 1904 Orient Hotel, and a two story building built in 1896 by R. S. Johnson, a former Texas Ranger. The hotel features period pieces from the 1904 Orient Hotel and the original 1896 Saloon. Exhibits are housed on three floors of the hotel and at outside. The Saloon is located off the hotel lobby and features the original bar and bullet holes from a disagreement that left two gunfighters dead. It also contains its original stairway to the upper bedroom, and the bedroom sign. The railroad room contains Texas & Pacific Railroad, Santa Fe Railroad, and Pecos Valley Southern Railroad artifacts. Additional rooms feature exhibits on Pecos Bill, antique saddles and tack, barbed wire, rocks, Native American artifacts and sheriff’s items, vintage clothing, and washboards and flat irons. Themed rooms include a beauty and barber shop, a bunkhouse, the Rodeo Room, the library and music Room, kitchen and dining rooms, a bridal suite, the oil and gas industry room, and a medical equipment room. Several rooms are devoted to towns including Barstow, Fort Davis, Balmorhea, Saragosa and Toyahvale. The outdoor park area features chuckwagons, farm and ranch equipment, a replica of the Judge Roy Bean’s “Law West of the Pecos” saloon (the original is in Langtry), a gunfighter’s grave (Clay Allison), a jail, and the Mesquite House, the oldest house in Pecos. A Texas Historical Marker commemorates the Pecos cantaloupe. Open Memorial day through Labor Day, Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 1pm-4pm. Open Labor Day through Memorial Day, Tue-Sat, 9am-5pm. 432) 445-5076. The museum is located at First Street and Cedar Street (U.S. 285).
Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame:
The museum plans to move into the historic Texas and Pacific depot when restoration is complete. Open Tue-Sat, 9am-5pm. (432) 445-2406. The museum is located on 100 South Oak Street at Dot Stafford Street. Email  
Reeves County Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Computer use is free; donations are accepted. Open Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm.(432) 445-5340. 505 South Park Street.
Senior Citizens Center:
The center hosts a variety of activities for seniors. Visiting seniors are welcome to attend. Open Mon-Thu, 9am-5pm; Fri, 9am-4pm. (432) 445-3272. The center is located at 119 South Cedar Street (U.S. 285), adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce. 
Annual West of the Pecos Rodeo, June:
This rodeo is held over several days in June at the Buck Jackson Arena at South Cedar and East Walthall Streets. Events include a pageant, the Old Timer’s Reunion, a parade, the Reeves County Sheriff’s Posse BBQ and nightly dance, live music at the Sheriff’s Posse Barn, the Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the 100 S. Oak Street museum, children’s activities and more. A reenactment of the original 1883 rodeo events is held during the 4th of July celebrations. (800) 588-2855  Tickets are available by calling the box office at (800) 445-588-2855, and from the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce at 100 1st Street (U.S. 285).
Annual Night in Old Pecos and Cantaloupe Festival, July:  
Activities include a cantaloupe food show, live music, a variety of booths, arts and crafts, children’s activities and more. This event is held in downtown Pecos at 1st and Oak Streets. (432) 445-2406. 
Annual Christmas Lighting and Fireworks, Dec:
The annual Rotary Club Christmas Lighting and Fireworks is held at Pecos Maxey Park beginning at 6pm. Activities include the Christmas tree lighting and fireworks, caroling, and hot chocolate and cookies. (432) 445-2406.   
Annual Lighted Christmas Parade, Dec:
The themed parade lines up at the Pecos High School at 5:30pm, and begins at 6pm. The parade ends at the West of the Pecos Museum where a Christmas performance occurs and hot chocolate and cookies are served at the Windmill Square Pavilion. (432) 445-2406.
Pody's BBQ: 
(432) 448-4635. 1330 South Cedar Street. Reviews
La Nortena Tamale Factory:
They make great tamales. (432) 445-3273.211 East 3rd Street. Reviews
This is the local’s favorite Mexican restaurant. (432) 445-7776 ()‎. 1002 South Cedar Street. Reviews 
Trailways Corner Grill:
They serve hamburgers, hot dogs, burritos, and Menudo on Friday and Saturday. Steak night is on Fridays, after 7pm. (432) 445-9941. (432) 940-9930. 202 West 3rd Street. Reviews