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The area around Hondo was first explored by Cabeza de Vaca in 1519. European settlers came from Germany and Belgium in 1881. In 1930 the Hondo Lions Club erected signs on the city limits to slow traffic down from speeding through town. The signs read, "This is God's Country, Don't Drive Through It Like Hell." The US Army created the largest air navigation school in the world at Hondo Army Air Field on the northwest side of town in 1942. The school trained 14,158 navigators for service during World War II before closing in 1946.
In my younger days I went by my middle name Mike. Believe it or not but there is a railfan in Hondo named Mike Carr. He is the morning DJ on Country Western station KCWM in Hondo.
Extra 8874 East (train symbol WCESP) at Hondo December 5, 1977. The town has preserved the station and made a collection of several semaphore signals that used to be the dominant signal technology for about 60 years. Disk 101