Pronounced "HIGH-coe." In northeastern Hamilton County, the city was named by founder Dr. John R. Alford for his hometown in Kentucky.
The downtown area, at U.S. 281 and Texas 6, features antique stores, an artist studio and restaurants. The historic home of internationally known photographer Frank Rufus Wiseman, built in 1903, houses a chocolate company and antiques at 406 W. Grubbs Road.
One of the oldest Old Settler's Reunions, dating from 1882, is held annually each July on the picnic grounds in the city park. Hico also hosts the largest steak cook-off in Texas on the third Saturday in May.