A retail, banking and commercial center for three county area. Business facilities include grain elevators, cotton gins, delinting plant, cotton compress, clothing factory, cottonseed oil mill, feed mill, oil well machinery, and wholesale outlets. Developed in 1899 as a project of the Texas Central Railroad, named after Connecticut hometown of the railroad president.
The city is well known for its Texas Cowboy Reunion, held three
days around July 4, and dedicated to the Old West. The Reunion
was started in 1930 as a non-profit community enterprise, and
is unchallenged as the greatest amateur rodeo in the world. The
population of the city more than triples when 500 plus rodeo contestants
and thousands of spectators converge. Rodeo prizes include cash,
trophies, and handmade saddles. Food is served from chuck wagons.
Includes major Western Art Show. Held at the rodeo ground pavilion.
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