Cisco’s story begins with a settlement named Red Gap. When two major railroads crossed nearby in 1881, the inhabitants of Red Gap moved and formed what would become Cisco, TX. The town was named after John A. Cisco, a major financier of one of the two railroads, the Houston and Texas Central Railway. Local industries grew with the railroad, and Cisco enjoyed in the early 20th century Texas oil boom. The Williamson Dam created Lake Cisco in the 1920s, and along with it a recreational complex and zoo with what was billed as the largest concrete swimming pool in the world. The pool remained open until the 1970s.
While you can no longer enjoy the largest concrete swimming pool in the world, there is a lot to do in Cisco. Lake Cisco is a great place for fishing, swimming, and boating. Part of the old entertainment facility is still around, and you can visit the Old Zoo Nature Trails. Cisco, TX is where the familiar Hilton hotel chain began. In 1919, Conrad Hilton bought his first hotel in Cisco, the Mobley Hotel, and the location is now the Conrad Hilton Museum and community center. Check out the Lela Latch Lloyd Museum for a broader look at the history of the town and the area.