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County
Sutton
Region
Hill Country
Population
2010 Census - 3,027
2000 Census - 2,924
Nearby
Towns
Sonora, Texas
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Sonora Texas History:
In approximately 1885, rancher Charles G. (Charlie) Adams settled on four sections of land two miles north of Winkler's Well, and named the new settlement Sonora after Sonora, Mexico. In 1887, he drilled a well, established a post office, and offered free lots. When Sonora became the Sutton County seat in 1890, it had three stores, two hotels, two livery stables, a newspaper, a school, 18 houses and 14 tents. By 1892, the ranching community had 700 residents. R. W. Callahan donated land for the courthouse, which was completed in 1893. Until automobiles came into being and good roads were constructed, supplies from San Angelo and Fort McKavett were hauled by wagon, a trip that took six to fifteen days. Sonora did not receive train service until 1930. The town incorporated in 1917. In 1916, the city and Texas A & M University established the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station on five sections of land outside the city limit. This facility researches livestock diseases and methods to improve livestock production. Today the economy is still based on livestock ranching. When wool prices dropped during the Great Depression, goat raisers established the Sonora Wool and Mohair Cooperative Marketing Association which successfully increased wool sales, thus helping to stabilize wool prices. Sonora is a Texas Main Street City and is located on the Devil’s River at the intersection of U.S. 277, and IH-10 (Business Loop 467), 66 miles southwest of San Angelo, 46.7 miles southwest of Christoval, 21.5 miles southwest of Eldorado, 72 miles southwest of Menard, 57 miles slightly northwest of Junction, 55 miles northwest of Rock Springs, 90 miles northeast of Del Rio, and 35.8 miles southeast of Ozona, Texas. 
 
Historic Main Street:
This historic street runs from the courthouse to Crockett Avenue. The street features restaurants, shops and other businesses housed in historic buildings. The gardens of Bank Vault Park are located off Main Street. The “Friends of Historic Sonora” are committed to the historic preservation of Sonora. They have developed a walking tour for historic and nature attractions, and are active in organizing special events. (325) 387-2248. 105 North Concho Avenue.
 
Sutton County Courthouse, 1891:
The limestone courthouse was designed by architect Oscar Ruffini in 2nd Empire Style. It is located on a hill overlooking town and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Oscar also designed the Crockett County Courthouse in Ozona. Oscar’s brother, F.E. Ruffini designed the Concho County Courthouse in Paint Rock, Texas. While the courthouse was undergoing a renovation, contractors uncovered a gold-stenciled border believed to have once lined the courthouse’s rooms and halls. Using the uncovered border and a collection of old photos as a guide, conservators meticulously hand-stenciled and painted Victorian-style motifs in gold and copper. The borders beautifully accent the courthouse’s sage green walls and pine floors, wooden railings and furnishings in the upstairs courtroom. The 2010 Sutton County census was 4,128. (325) 387-2711. 300 East Oak Street, Sonora, TX 76950. 
 
Sutton County Jail, 1891:
The native stone jail was built by the Pauly Jail Building and Manufacturing Company of Saint Louis. Although the jail’s four upstairs cells offered the latest in plumbing fixtures, Sonora’s water pressure wasn’t strong enough to get water up to them until 1895, when the waterworks were moved from the square to a nearby hilltop. The jail housed prisoners until 1980. It now houses the Old Sonora Ranch House Museum. The jail is located on the courthouse square.
 
Santa Fe Depot, 1930, and Amphitheater:
The John & Mildred Cauthorn Memorial Depot is now a community meeting venue.
 
Old Sonora School, 1904:
The school was used until 1950. During the early 2000s the school and its wood floors and trim were restored. Today it houses prekindergarten and third grade students, and computer labs.
 
Old Sonora Ice House Ranch Museum:
This museum and gift shop features a model train exhibit, buggies and railroad memorabilia, old ranching and pioneer exhibits, pioneer household items, photographs, and a Will Carver exhibit. The museum is housed in the old Sutton County Jail just at 202 Water Avenue. Chamber of Commerce: (325) 387-3754.  Facebook  
 
Miers House Museum, 1889:
This house was built by Civil War veteran Isaac Miers. This historic house features period pieces and exhibits. (325) 387-2880. 307 Oak Street 
 
Sutton 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. Open Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm. (325) 387-2111. 306 East Mulberry Street.
 
Event Venue - Sutton County Park and Civic Center:
This venue houses the Texas A&M AgriLife office and hosts many town events, including 4-H agricultural and rodeo events. (325) 387-3101. 1700 North Crockett Avenue.
 
Event Venue - Santa Fe Depot, 1930, and Amphitheater:
The John & Mildred Cauthorn Memorial Depot is now a community meeting venue.
 
Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration, May:
This event is held at Sutton County Park and Civic Center, 1700 North Crockett Avenue.
 
Annual USACI Car Show, 1st Saturday in May:
Activities include a parade, arts and crafts booths, food and merchandise booths, a dance, children’s rides and more. This event is held at Sutton County Park and Civic Center, 1700 North Crockett Avenue. 
(325) 387-2880.  
 
Annual Relay for Life, 2nd Weekend in May:
This event is held at Sonora High School track at Bronco Stadium, 1717 Taylo Avenue.   (325) 387-3861.
 
Annual West Texas Championship BBQ Cook-Off, 1st Weekend in June:
Activities include the cook-off and a dance. This event is held at Will Carver Park just the off IH-10 access road near the golf course. (325) 387-2880.
 
August 10-11, 2018
Annual Sonora Outlaw Pro Rodeo and Sutton County Days, June:
Activities include Friday and Saturday night dances, a rodeo, a parade, arts and crafts fair, food vendors, children’s rides and games, and more. (325) 387-2880. This event is held at Sutton County Park and Civic Center, 1700 North Crockett Avenue.
 
I read the reviews for all Sonora restaurantsand selected two for listing. I am fairly strict on requiring 75% four and five-star reviews. I will fudge with small towns and thus listed La Mexicana Restaurant. I listed two outstanding out-of-town restaurants to give you other options.   
 
Mercantile on Main (Gigi’s Deli):
The restaurant has a Veterans of All Wars exhibit and the best food in town. The food is delicious and is the best food in the area. It is open for lunch, 11am-2pm. (325) 387-3753. 232 East Main Street.  Reviews
 
Sutton County Steakhouse, Sonora:  
The front dining room walls are decorated with vintage photos, and pages from a 1920 Sonora phone book. The restaurant is known for its delicious chicken fried steak and onion rings. Check out the reviews regarding the steaks. (325) 387-3833. 1306 North Service Road.  Reviews 
 
Snowflake Donuts, Kolaches & Breakfast Sandwiches, Ozona, Texas:
Delicious breakfast sandwiches, Danish, donuts, croissants, apple fritters, kolaches and other pastries. (325) 387-5100. 903 15th Street, Ozona, 36 miles northwest of Sonora, Texas.  Reviews
 
Simon Brothers Mercantile, Old Post Office& Back Door Cafe, Roosevelt, TX:
The store was established in the early 1900s. It sells a little bit of everything needed for outdoor living and indoor repairs, and sells antiques, tools, groceries, gas, hardware, clothing, fishing supplies, river supplies including tubes, and hunting supplies.It also houses the post office and its old post office boxes.They are the official scoring station for the Trophy Game Records Big Buck Contest.It is the local coffee hangout and houses the popular Back Door Café. The café, an area favorite, is popular for its cheeseburgers. The café also serves chicken friend steaks, steaks, club sandwiches, fried pickles, and more. Once a month they serve shrimp and crab. The café receives great Yelp Reviews. On weekends people come from long distances to eat here. Say hi to their mascot dog, Charlie. The Café opens Tue-Sat, 11am-2pm; Fri-Sat, 6pm-9:30pm. Call for hours changes. Beer is sold; bring your own liquor or wine. The Mercantile is open daily, 8am-7pm. (325) 446-2604. 3861 West State Loop 291, Roosevelt, Texas, 38 miles southeast of Sonora, and 20 miles west of Junction, Texas.  Email  Reviews   Facebook
 
La Mexicana Restaurant, Sonora:
Reviews are 50-50. Only the first basket of chips is free. (325) 387-3401. 240 North U.S. 277. Reviews