PLEASANTON

General.. The population is 8,042 and the altitude is 374

Established in 1858, but preceded by much earlier Spanish, Mexican and Anglo-American ranching activities, the town bills itself as “Birthplace of the Cowboy,” epitomized by a bronze statue in front of city hall. Hunters seek white-tailed deer (among the largest in Texas) as well as dove and quail during fall-winter hunting seasons.

ATASCOSA RIVER PARK

- Towering oak and pecan trees shade picnic area’ also tennis courts, athletic fields, and a specially designed playground for children. Off U.S. 281 in town.

LONGHORN MUSEUM

- Documents development of the American cowboy in area, from 1500s to present day. Indian and pioneer artifacts, ranch and farm implements, exhibits devoted to Texas Longhorns, wild mustangs, oil and coal fields. On Texas 97 west.