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Cisco History 1922

Cisco History Written in 1922

Cisco. Cisco has gained the reputation of being one of the cleanest and most healthful cities in the state, and its citizens are notably progressive. One of the newest ,enterprises in addition to the reservoir is the construction of a $250,000 high school, the funds for which have been voted and the bonds approved by the attorney general.

The city hall is a neat, substantial brick building. Cisco is not, strictly speaking, an oil town, but rather a source of supplies for the surrounding oil country, and a neat, quiet and attractive residence place for the better class of oil men. The principal streets, and even some of the alleys, are paved and the town is not disfigured by unsightly shacks, straggling sheds, or any of the miscellaneous debris characteristic of the average oil town. The city is strictly under the reign of law and order, and its aspect is that of a thoroughly civilized community. But though quiet and orderly, Cisco is not dead. The pulse of business life beats strongly. Some of the large companies connected more or less closely with the oil industry are represented here. There is an active chamber of commerce, and several important enterprises are now well under way. Perhaps the most important of these is the immense water reservoir, the construction of which began last September (1920), and which, when completed, will be the largest artificial water reservoir in the entire South. For the construction of this reservoir the citizens of Cisco voted with practical unanimity for the issuance of a million dollars in bonds, which bonds were readily disposed of and the money deposited in the banks. The low tax rate of 75 cents and the high tax valuation approach­ing the fifteen-million-dollar plane, made it possible for the city fathers to dispose of bonds when other municipalities of similar size have no market for their securities.

Though Cisco as yet has made no record as an oil town, oil produc­tion has been found within four or five miles, in one place at 1,600 feet and in another at between 3,000 and 3,500 feet; and Cyrus Drury and associates are now drilling a well just beyond the south limits of the city, intending to go 3,500 feet if necessary.

Cisco is the headquarters for a number of oil and supply houses, and two years ago the Illinois Torpedo Company established a nitro plant three miles from town, the concern manufacturing nitro-glycerine car­tridges for shooting wells. This company operates out of Cisco through the whole Central Texas field. - History of Texas, 1922, by W. Barrett Travis.


32° 23' 17.484" N, 98° 58' 45.228" W