HEREFORD Population. 15,865

Over 3 MILLION cattle move through feedlots near Hereford EVERY YEAR !!!General-

Hereford is named for the early herds of Hereford cattle; It is now the current seat of Deaf Smith County. (Deaf Smith commanded Sam Houston's scouts at the Battle of San Jacinto.) Hereford is often called the "town without a toothache" due to low incidence of dental decay which is attributed to all of the natural fluorides in the municipal water. A strong Agribusiness economy with immense production of grain sorghum, wheat, corn and sugar beets dominates the economy.A local plant refines sugar from beets grown in four-county area. Three million cattle annually move through area feedlots.

Deaf Smith County Historical Museum-

Collections from pioneer era, farm and ranch implements, guns, Indian artifacts, photographs, paintings. Open Tues. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun. 2 -5 p.m. 400 Sampson St.

La Escarbada XIT Winery-

In center of historic XIT Ranch. Since breakup of ranch in 1880s, rich soils have produced vast quantities of agricultural products. Winery established 1985. Open Mon. - Fri. 1 1 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3 - 6 p.m., Sat. noon - 6 p.m. Other tours by appointment. North of city on U.S.385. 806/364-7020.

National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Western Heritage Center-

Honors pioneer spirit of Western women and women who have excelled in rodeos. Cowgirl memorabilia in 6,000 square feet of museum space-saddles, tack, trophies, historical and modern photos, paintings, sculpture. Honorees include names such as Texas Rose and Enid Justin. Center sponsors nation's largest all-girl rodeo in late summer. Open Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - noon; 1 - 5 p.m. 515 Ave. B in north part of city. Admission.


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