Spanish explorers, a gang of brothers, and the world’s largest air navigation school all are part of Hondo’s heritage. So are the “Welcome” signs at either end of town along Highway 90, which state, “This is God’s Country, Please Don’t Drive Through It Like Hell.” There’s plenty of shopping for antiques, collectibles and specialty items in downtown Hondo, and you can catch a first-run movie at the restored, 1940s-era Raye Theater. Spend time at the Medina County Museum complex, which covers a city block. The main building is the restored, 1893 Southern Pacific Hondo Depot, which displays pioneer artifacts. The grounds also showcase a one-room schoolhouse, a buggy and farm equipment shed, and a Southern Pacific caboose. Hondo hosts special events and festivals throughout the year, including the Cowboy Country Roundup in February, the Medina County Fair in September, and Christmas in God’s Country Market Days and Night Parade in November.