Official Irish Capital of Texas
Located in Central Texas, in the southwest corner of Erath County, is the charming Irish town of Dublin, Texas. Known as the Official Irish Capital of Texas, Dublin is best recognized as the hometown of Legendary golfer, Ben Hogan and the bottling center for Dr. Pepper for 120 years – Dublin Bottling Works continues to produce a robust line of pure cane sugar sodas to this day. The Dublin Municipal Airport has been in operation since 1974. Dublin is a small town with a small town feel but near everything you could want. It's full of rich history, offering a close community, eager spirit, and many ways to connect with others and get involved. Everything from grocery stores to restaurants to banks, and even local area hospitals are within minutes of your new home at The Ranches at Deer Crossing.
•Brookshires •Dollar General •Family Dollar •HEB •Wal-Mart •Dollar Tree
•Dublin National Bank •First National Bank •Texas Bank
•Dairy Queen •Dublin Donuts •Golden Chick •Granny Clark's •Mi Tierra Tortilleria •Potrillo's Mexican Food •Sonic •Taqueria El Rio & Seafood •Taqueria La Taquiza (the food truck) •Taqueria Lilia's •Woody's •Pastafina •Cotton Patch Cafe •Schlotzky's •Chicken Express •Burger King •McDonald's •Golden China •Panda Express •Captain D's •Bangkok Thai •Mi Familia •Jack in the Box •Taco Bell •Little Caesar's •Pizza Hut •Domino's Pizza •Papa John's Pizza •The Pizza Place •Subway
•Texas Health Harris Methodist - in Stephenville, TX (15 minutes from Deer Crossing) •Comanche County Medical Center - in Comanche, TX
Cowboy Capital of the World & The Other Live Music Capital of the World
Situated just 15-minutes from your new homesite at The Ranches at Deer Crossing is the vibrant city of Stephenville. Known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World and The Other Live Music Capital of the World,” this fun and festive town prides itself on being an inclusive community for all where everyone's invited. From the moment you pass the city limits sign to stepping foot on the historic downtown square, you'll feel welcome and greeted in true Texas fashion. It all starts with a stroll around the square, followed by one of the many outdoor adventures, then mix in some live music and top it off with a mouthwatering meal. And that's just the half of it. Stephenville is indeed proud to be the home of the Cowboy Capital of the World Pro-Rodeo. Where thousands gather to enjoy the best of this sport in their last competition before the finals in Las Vegas. Stephenville is also home to a rich ranching and rodeo heritage of legendary men and women who shaped this sport into what it is today. More cowboys per capita choose Stephenville as their home than any other city in the country.
As the other live music capital of Texas, Stephenville is located between the east and west coasts, and under two hours from a major international airport. A 19th century political figure once said, “Music is the medicine of the mind.” It is no wonder why tens of thousands of visitors' flock to this amazing indoor and outdoor music venues each year to enjoy the benefits of this tonic.
Recently included in the National Register of Historic Places, this city's downtown historic district contains over 22 full city blocks surrounding the 1892 Erath County Courthouse. It's remarkable downtown square boasts streets paved with Thurber bricks during the 1920s. Filled with a variety of shops and restaurants, this notable destination is a year-round delight.
Known as the City of Champions, Stephenville regularly excels in athletic and academic achievements. National and state championships prevail at Stephenville ISD and at Tarleton State University, which is part of the Texas A&M System. It is also home to a satellite campus of Ranger College, one of the fasted growing two-year colleges in the nation. Last spring, Ranger College graduated the largest class in their 92-year history.
Enjoy Stephenville's famous chicken fried steaks and BBQ. Shop at its one-of-a-kind boutiques and antiques, which will delight any shopper – from cowboy hats to that perfect gift. With its picturesque Bosque River Trail, Splashville and City Parks, you will see why Stephenville is listed among "The 100 Best Small Towns in America."
•377 Marketplace •4 Kids Only •Back at the Ranch Boutique •Barefoot Campus Outfitter •Ben Franklin's •Blue Eyed Buffalo •Blue Flamingo •Capital Hatters •Champs Vitamin Shop •Cheerful Heart Gifts & Boutique •Chick Elms Grand Entry •Chicken House Flea Market •Frames Etc. •Gifford TV & Electronics •H-E-B Grocery •Hometown Antique Mall •Julianne's •Pinspiration Stephenville •Punchy's •Saddle Rags •Scott's Flowers •Silver Wings •Slim Pickens Outfitters •Southern Honey •Staples •The Home Place •Thousand Miles •Twisted J •University Flowers & More •Venture 19 •Walmart •Willow's Scarlet Ribbon
Near the top of the scenic Texas Hill Country, at the crossroads of Highways 281, 6 and 220, Hico is a quick trip from Dallas, Fort Worth or Austin - the perfect getaway for an afternoon, a weekend or a lifetime. From unique shopping in the historical downtown district, to beautiful Hill Country scenery and nearby hunting, fishing and equestrian opportunities, you will find it all here in Hico.
Attractions & Events
The Billy the Kid Museum in Hico is becoming one of the most popular weekend getaways in Texas since it's a quick drive from Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin. •The Bluebonnet Country Club, established in 1925 by the city of Hico, not only features a vintage 9-hole golf course, but also a swimming pool, tennis court and historical ballroom for your entire family to enjoy. •If you'd like to catch a rodeo or equestrian event, check out the Circle T Arena or Somervell County Expo Center.
Popular local events in Hico include:
•Billy the Kid Day and Car Show •Christmas Parade •Spring and Fall Antique Fairs •Old Settlers' Reunion •Six-Man Super Saturday •Texas Steak Cook-off •Glen Rose Bluegrass Show •Pearl Bluegrass Jam and Stage Show •Stephenville Summer Concert Series in Birdsong Park
Landmarks to check out:
•Dublin Bottling Works [formerly the Dublin Dr. Pepper Museum] •St. Olaf Kirke, 1886 Structure •Bosque River Dinosaur Tracks •Langston's Crossing •McDow Hole •Old Texas Central Railroad Bridges •Pony Truss Bridge •Peppermint Square [next to City Hall]
Recreation & Parks
Long ago, dinosaurs left footprints in the mud at the edge of an ancient ocean. Today, you can walk in their tracks in the bed of the Paluxy River at Dinosaur Valley State Park! You and your family can find dinosaur tracks, camp, picnic, hike, mountain bike, swim and fish in the river, and more. •The Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is an endangered species research and conservation center near Glen Rose, Texas, with over 1,000 animals from 50 species. •The Glen Rose Swimming Pool - also known as The Plunge - was built in 1925 making it one of the oldest swimming pools in Texas. The swimming pool holds 330,000 gallons of water which also makes it one of the largest swimming pools in Texas. •Discover 504-acre, Meridian State Park that surrounds Lake Meridian - which offers excellent fishing, camping, hiking trails and an abundance of wildlife. •Rough Creek Lodge and Resort, and Dallas Conference Center, is nestled on 11,000 acres in the foothills of the picturesque Texas Hill Country. Located just 90 minutes southwest of Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas. •Squaw Valley Country Club is home to 36 holes of Championship Golf and consistently rated as one of the top courses in the state, including a 4 1/2 star rating from Golf Digest Magazine. It's also features the #1 and #4 municipal courses in Texas, as ranked by The Dallas Morning News.
More Parks include:
•Hico City Park [host of annual Old Settlers' Reunion and the Hico Livestock Show] •City of Hico's Bosque River RV Park •The Brazos River Basin •Culbreath Park •Field of Dreams RC Air Park
Dining and Shopping
From the local flower shop, trading post, convenience stores, and boutiques to the assortment of antique shops to browse, you'll find just what you're looking for in the city of Hico! Not to mention all the great places to grab a bite to eat or gather with friends. •The Red Caboose Winery uses certified, grafted grapevines and plant vines with fine wine in mind. The winery design philosophy is GREEN. With simplicity in mind, they created a winery that is energy efficient and sustainable with advanced geothermal cooling and photo-voltaic cells. •Another must is a visit to Wiseman House Chocolates where the chocolate is from Belgium and Venezuela. They use fresh ingredients like whipping cream and chopped fruits, and natural flavors like crushed coffee beans. All are combined with unique liqueurs and spices. You won't find any sugars, glutens, sodium nitrates or trans fats added into these chocolate masterpieces! The result is a full, rich flavor, smoother texture, and an indescribable taste!
More restaurants include:
•Country Donuts •Eis - ice cream and sandwiches •FLACAS Fitness & Brews •Giovani's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria •Jersey Lilly's •Koffee Kup Family Restaurant •Pita Place Deli •Sonic Drive In •The Chop House by Greers
The area around The Ranches at Deer Crossing offers a diverse set of activities and events that are sure to appeal to all ages and interests. For a big city adventure or night out, the major cities of Fort Worth and Dallas are both an easy drive from The Ranches at Deer Crossing.