Hondo Travel Guide

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Hondo Overview

Hondo is a town of just over 9000 (up 15% since 2000) located along U. S. Highway 90 just east of the intersection with Texas Highway 173 in Medina County in southern Texas. The first people to settle in the area were the Coahuiltecan People. Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca visited the area in the early 1530s. The town of Hondo was established in 1881, with early settlers from France, Germany, Belgium and Mexico. The name Hondo is not from a person and it preceded the John Wayne movie by a number of years, it comes from the Spanish word for “deep”. In the early 1920s the Newton Gang robbed two banks here in one night. In 1930 the Hondo Lion's Club erected a sign saying "This is God's Country, Don't Drive Thru It Like Hell" The sign gained great fame and was featured in the news, in a number of newspapers and magazines, and even the cover of National Geographic. In the 1940's, in response to objections raised by some townspeople, the sign was changed to "This is God's Country, Please Don't Drive Through It Like Hell". Hondo was incorporated in 1942, and Hondo Army Airfield was opened the same year. Hondo Army Airfield was the largest air navigation school in the world at that time. 14,000 navigators were trained here during World War 2 until the airfield was closed in 1946. Hondo is the county seat of Medina County. Medina County was named for the Medina River. Medina Dam was completed in 1913 to create Medina Lake which is used to irrigate area farmland. The dam is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Medina is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.