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County
Hudspeth
Region
Big Bend
Population
2010 Census - 533
2000 Census - 533
Nearby
Towns
Sierra Blanca, Texas
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Sierra Blanca Texas History:
The town grew up in 1881 at the junction of the Southern Pacific and the Texas & Pacific Railroads. It was named for the nearby Sierra Blanca Mountains. The town became the commercial and shipping center ranches and the mineral industry in a large area of West Texas. The post office opened in 1882, but closed later that same year. In 1884, the population of the community was 126, and the next year the post office reopened. In the mid-1920s, the town had 800 residents. Years ago half the town (and west to El Paso) using Mountain Time, and the eastern half used Central Time. In the mid-1950s the railroads and post office went by Central Time, but the county courthouse and schools used Mountain Time (as did the town's bars, so as to stay open later at night). In 1964, a waitress in a Sierra Blanca cafe told a visiting newspaperman that one tavern was supposedly closed down for a week because it opened in the morning on Central Time and closed at night on Mountain Time. Sierra Blanca is probably most famous for country singer Willie Nelson being stopped by the U.S. Border Patrol at the Sierra Blanca checkpoint where six ounces of marijuana was found on his bus; Nelson and two other people were arrested for possession by a Hudspeth County Sheriff. Sierra Blanca is located at the intersection of FM 1111 and IH-10, 32.9 miles northwest of Van Horn, and 88 miles southeast of El Paso, Texas.
 
Hudspeth County Courthouse, 1919:
The courthouse was designed in Mediterranean style by architects Fuetell and Hardie. The adobe courthouse has 18 inch walls. It is the only adobe courthouse in Texas and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A replica of Fort Hancock is on display inside. The 2010 Hudspeth County census was 3,476. (915) 369-2321. 109 Millican Street, Sierra Blanca, Texas 79851 Email    
 
Hudspeth County Railroad Museum in the 1882 Railroad Depot:
The depot served both the Texas and Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroads. Exhibits depict the history of the railroad, the American Indian, Hudspeth County, Fort Hancock, Fort Bliss, and Sierra Blanca. Exhibits include Mike Burn’s Indian artifacts collection, ranching and farming artifacts, and pioneer items. The building also houses the offices of the Sierra Blanca Historical Society. Caboose #1776 is located on the grounds. Call for hours. (915) 986-2407. 241 West El Paso Street.  
 
Birding - Far West Texas Birding Wildlife Trail:
Guadalupe Mountains-Van Horn Loop:  Van Horn, Guadalupe Mountains SP 
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Bird Checklist for West Texas Trans-Pecos
Culberson County Bird Checklist with Photos
Hudspeth County Bird Checklist with Photos
Guadalupe Mountains National Park Bird Checklist
 
Scenic Drive:
Take FM 1111 north 43 miles to intersection of the east to west route of U.S. 62/U.S. 180 for beautiful views of ranching land bound by mountains, and stands of 15 to 20 foot high Yuccas. The best photo opportunity is March and April when each Yucca is topped by a huge cluster of white blossoms. 
 
Sierra Diablo Wildlife Management Area Information:
This 11,624 acre Wildlife Management Area was purchased in 1945 by TPWD to serve as a sanctuary for the remaining remnant of Texas Bighorn sheep. It was the first WMA established in Texas. The terrain is difficult with steep canyons and rugged hills. The refuge is closed except for special hunts by drawn permits. Hunting for mule deer, elk, feral hogs and coyotes is by compartment. The only access to the WMA is by TPWD escort through private lands and locked gates. Hunters must camp in the area, remain in the area during the entire hunt, and bring all their supplies, including potable water. (432) 837-3251. The WMA is located in Hudspeth and Culberson Counties, 15 miles northwest of Van Horn, Texas. For more complete WMA information, go to the Sierra Diablo WMA Home Page.   
 
Guadalupe Mountains National Park Information:
The 135 square mile Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located in the Guadalupe Mountains of West Texas and contains the 8,749 foot tall Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas. The Guadalupe Peak Trail offers the most outstanding views of the park. Hikers climb over 3,000 feet to its summit and the monument. The park also contains the El Capitan formation which was used as a landmark by people traveling an early route that was later used by the Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoach line. The ruins of an old stagecoach station are located near the Pine Springs Visitor Center. Camping is available in the Pine Springs Campground and in Dog Canyon. During the fall, McKittrick Canyon’s Bigtooth Maples are a riot of colors. A trail in the canyon leads to the Pratt Cabin, formerly the summer home of the Wallace Pratt family who donated the canyon that established the park in the 1960s. One of the first area European settlers was cattle rancher Felix McKittrick who arrived in the 1870s. McKittrick Canyon is thought to be named after him. The now restored Frijole Ranch house was the first permanent ranch house in the area and served as a community center and regional post office from 1916-1942. It was constructed in 1876 by the Rader brothers and now houses a museum. The Williams Ranch House was built in 1908 and was named after one of its inhabitants. For more complete park information, read the Park Brochures and go to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park Home Page. Park Facilities Map 
 
Pine Springs Visitor Center, GMNP:
The center is open daily, except Christmas Day. It is located at Pine Springs and can be accessed via U.S. Highway 62/180 between Carlsbad, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas. Open 8am-4:30pm during the off season; open 8am-6pm from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
 
Dog Canyon Ranger Station, GMNP:
This station is open year round. Visitors may obtain backcountry permits, information and maps. Dog Canyon may be accessed via NM State Road 137, 70 miles from Carlsbad, NM or 110 miles from the park headquarters at Pine Springs. You may also reach Dog Canyon by exiting U.S. highway 62/180 22 miles south of the park on Texas FM road 1576 to NM State Road 137. (575) 981-2418.
 
Learn to Camp at Texas Parks & Wildlife State Parks' Outdoor Family Camping Workshops:
Theseworkshops are family camping sessions designed to teach camping skills to those who do not know how to camp; everything is provided from tent to broom. Gear includes a coffee pot, dishes, cooking pots, a camp stove, a battery operated fan and lantern, air mattresses, and a tent. Basic skills taught include pitching a tent, making a campfire, cooking on a propane camp stove, geocaching and using a GPS. Wildlife viewing, fishing and kayaking are available depending on the park and its facilities. After making reservations, families will be sent a packet of information which includes a grocery list. Those interested in this program may sign up for E-Mail Updates on Currently Scheduled Workshops. (512) 389-8903. Calendar
 
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences. 
                      
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