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On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the Texas Tropical Trail Region will hold its 108th monthly Partner Event in Hebbronville, Jim Hogg County, Texas, and we invite you to join us.

If you are interested, you must RSVP (including the names of all in your party) to nancydeviney@yahoo.com by Friday, September 12.  Lunch will be $12 per person; please plan to pay CASH.  Please state your lunch choice when you RSVP (see choices below).

If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your RSVP, please contact Nancy. 


Vaquero Capital of Texas and the U.S.A.

Hebbronville is known as the Vaquero Capital of Texas and the U.S.A.  Our focus, while in Hebbronville, will be on the Vaquero – the Forgotten Cowboy.

We’ll begin our day at the Hillcrest Tortilla Factory & Bakery, 1104 S. Smith Avenue/Highway 16 on the south end of town (between the Border Patrol checkpoint and the city limits). Come hungry because we’ll get to sample some hot flour tortillas, baked goods and tamales!  (If you’d like to take home some fresh tamales and/or tortillas, you may want to call ahead and place your order letting them know that you will be with the Tropical Trail group that morning – September 16 – 361 527-4505.)

From there we’ll drive into town to the historical Old County Jail (1914 – 2014) next door to the County Courthouse. The jail is located at 212 E. Santa Clara St.  Currently the old jail is being made into a museum.  We’ll enjoy a brief history, tour and learn about their plans for the future.

We’ll then walk next door to tour the Jim Hogg County Courthouse built in 1914 by San Antonio architect Henry T. Phelps.  It was originally built in the Texas Renaissance Style but later remodeled in the Classic Revival Style and covered with stucco.  Mr. Phelps also designed the jail.

We’ll leave the Courthouse and drive to lunch via the Historic District on E. Santa Clara Street.


We’ll have lunch at Frank’s Café (aka Paco’s) at 502 E. Galbraith St.

You will have a choice of one of four lunches.  Each lunch will include fideo and beans.  Panchos and guacamole will also be provided along with ice tea or water.

Please choose one:

Mexican Plate – two enchiladas, taco and chalupa

Three Beef Tacos

Three Enchiladas

Three Envueltos (corn tortilla filled with meat filling, rolled and fried)

Cost per person will be $12 including tax and gratuity.  CASH only pleaseA special dessert will be provided later in the afternoon.

During lunch we will watch the video documentary, “Vaquero – The Forgotten Cowboy”, by Hector Galan of San Angelo.

To honor the vaqueros of Jim Hogg County, a special preview of the critically acclaimed Vaquero Documentary Series will be presented.  This 45-minute preview will include segments filmed in Spain, Mexico and South Texas.

It celebrates the vaquero, the proud horseman whose expertise and bravery formed the foundation for the Texas Cowboy. The preview takes you to Spain where the blending of Moorish and Spanish horse cultures laid the groundwork for the bridle horse that was the hallmark of these superb reinsmen…

…to Mexico where the underpinnings for roping and handling cattle on the open range evolved.  And to Texas where the cattle evolved into the famous longhorns providing the foundation for the Texas cattle industry.

Afternoon plans

After lunch, we’ll visit The New York Store at 308 E. Galbraith Street, a prominent department store in Hebbronville since 1909.

We’ll then drive to First National Bank of Hebbronville (1913 – 2013) at 305 N. Smith/Highway 16 where we’ll spend the rest of our day for the educational programs, a special dessert and the business meeting. While there, we’ll also enjoy a presentation about the history of the Hebbronville Vaquero Festival, held each year in November.

Our hosts for this day in Hebbronville will be the Hebbronville Museum Foundation, the Jim Hogg County Historical Commission, First National Bank of Hebbronville, Frank’s Café, Hillcrest Tortilla Factory & Bakery, the Vaquero Festival Committee and The New York Store.


9:30 – 10:00 amWelcome & Refreshments – Hillcrest Tortilla Factory & Bakery – 1104 S. Smith/Highway 16

10:00 – 10:30 amTour and tasting – Hillcrest Tortilla Factory & Bakery

10:30 – 10:45 am Drive to historic Old Jim Hogg County Jail – 212 E. Santa Clara Street

10:45- 11:05 amTour Old Jail

Walk across to Jim Hogg County Courthouse

11:15 – 11:40 amTour Jim Hogg County Courthouse

11:45 – 12 noonDrive to Frank’s Café – 502 E. Galbraith Street via Historic District on E. Santa Clara Street

12 noon – 1:00 pmIntroductions, Lunch and View Documentary

12:00 pm – Individual introductions and community updates

12:15 – Lunch and view “Vaquero – the Forgotten Cowboy” – Frank’s Cafe

1:00 – 1:20 pm Visit The New York Store – 308 E. Galbraith Street

1:20 – 1:30 pmDrive to First National Bank of Hebbronville Community Room – 305 N. Smith/Highway 16

1:30 – 1:45 pmVaquero Festival Presentation – Vaquero Festival Committee – FNBH Community Room

1:45 – 2:00 pm Special Dessert and Farewell – Bill Hellen, former Texas Tropical Trail Region Board Chair, Jim Hogg County resident and First National Bank of Hebbronville stockholder will end our official day – FNBH Community Room

2:00 pm Optional Tour You will also have the option to tour historic First National Bank of Hebbronville

2:00 – 4:00 pm – business meeting – Tropical Trail board of directors – FNBH Community Room


If you are able to join us, please RSVP to nancydeviney@yahoo.com as soon as possible but no later than Friday, September 12.

There will be no cost to you for this day except for the $12 lunch. If your plans change after you RSVP, please let me know as soon as possible; otherwise, you will be billed for your lunch.

You are welcome to share this invitation with your friends, colleagues and community leaders but please let them know that an RSVP is required.

Upon receipt of your RSVP and lunch choices, you will be sent a confirmation and map/directions to Hebbronville.

Thank you.



Nancy Deviney
Executive Director, Texas Tropical Trail Region