Located on the western slope of the Edwards Plateau, began as
a trading post on the Old San Antonio-El Paso Road with Anglo-American
settlement beginning about 1890; was connected by stage to San
Angelo until 1915, and Western heritage is reflected still. The
Sutton County seat is a leading wool and mohair center, local
firm produces garments, blankets and fabric from locally produced
products. Hunters take deer and turkey during season.
The longest fenced cattle trail in the world once extended from
a railhead at Brady to Sonora. Fort Worth & Rio Grande Railroad
purchased a 250 foot wide right of way and fenced it for the 100
mile distance. Holding pastures and windmills were long the route
that operated profitably for decade--until another railroad completed
a line to Sonora.
- CAVERNS OF SONORA - Fantastic caverns are called unbelievable
by cave authorities. Formations called "impossible"
grow in delicate crystal beauty and amazing profusion on ceilings,
walls, and floors. A past president of the National Speleological
Society said, "This is the most indescribably beautiful cavern
in the world. Its beauty cannot be exaggerated, even by Texans!"
Guided cave tours regularly each half hour cover about 1.5 miles
under ground. (Rest stops are provided, but the tours are strenuous--equivalent
to climbing several hundred steps.) West of Sonora about 8 miles,
exit I-10 on Caverns of Sonora Road (F.M. 1989); drive south about
7 miles. Camping area with hookups are available. An admission
- COVERED WAGON DINNER THEATER - Performed in a small,
natural amphitheater near the Caverns of Sonora. Costumed storytellers
recall the early days of the area along with a variety of musical
entertainment. Audiences sit at picnic tables or in lawn chairs
for catered dinner and performances. Usually mid June through
mid August. For information call the chamber of commerce at 915-387-2880.
An admission is charged.
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