Hondo is the county seat of Medina County, which
was established in the 1880's on the Southern Pacific Railroad. The town takes its name
from Hondo (Spanish for
"deep") Creek. The economy is based on
agriculture, ranching and light industry. Hondo is the trade center for the western half
of Medina County. Hunting for deer and upland games birds are popular in season. Hondo
also has a public golf course and swimming pool.
Quihi and D'Hanis are small communities rich in
history near Hondo. For information on them or accomodations, events, restaurants and
hunting, call the Chamber of Commerce at (830) 426-3037.
Medina County Museum
Housed in a restored 1897 Southern Union Pacific Railroad
depot, the museum features pioneer artifacts and exhibits of Medina County history.
Several other old buildings from the area form the entire museum grounds covering one city
block. Open Friday and Saturday, 10a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday, 2 - 6 p.m. 2202 18th St.
777 Exotic Game Ranch
This historic ranch offers sportsmen from around
the world access to the best in year round hunting and fishing and wildlife photography.
The ranch introduced wild game from Africa, India, Europe and the Orient some 30 years
ago. These animals now flourish in well established breeding herds. In addition to some 40
species of introduced antelope, deer, oryx, and gazelle, the ranch also has native game
like whitetailed deer, elk, bison and javelina. Hunts conducted safari style by paying
daily rate for meals, lodging asnd guide, plus trophy fee for game taken.
The 777 Ranch has more than 30
lakes and ponds which were developed through an extensive water conservation
program. In addition to providing fresh water for the 3000-plus wild game animals, it also
grows some exceptional largemouth bass. All fishing is done on a catch and realse basis,
encouraging future anglers and bigger, better fish.
One of the most recent movies shot on
the ranch was the movie "Ace Ventura - When Nature Calls" with actor Jim Carey.
The African villages built for the movieremain on the ranch and guests can see these as
well as other movie sets on the property. Reservations are required: call (830) 426-3476 or visit the 777 Ranch web site at www.777Ranch.com. Access via U.S. 90 two miles west of
Hondo city limit; turn left on Richter Lane and follow the signs to ranch headquarters.
Visit: The Hondo Outside Guide for more