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The Unique Charm of Sonora: Where Nature, History, and Adventure Meet

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While you’re taking in some historical details, the Sutton County Courthouse, Sonora’s historic Main Street, and the John & Mildred Cauthorn Memorial Depot are all within walking distance in this charming Texas town. The courthouse was designed by architect Oscar Ruffini. Constructed in 1891, it featured a gold-stenciled border lining its rooms and halls. Upon its restoration, conservators made use of old photos to meticulously hand-stencil and, in some cases, hand-paint gold and copper Victorian-style motifs to match. This is just one of the many noteworthy original accents and design/décor components that were preserved. The John & Mildred Cauthorn Memorial Depot was originally the Santa Fe Depot and was constructed in 1930. It managed the stock shipping activities of Sutton County. However, the last train to pass through the depot did so in 1977. The property remained vacant for nine years when the Sutton County Historical Society received it as a donation. It was then renovated and repurposed as a community meeting place through generous donations by the Vanderstucken family and the John and Mildred Cauthorn Trust, in addition to hundreds of other small contributions. An outdoor amphitheater was also added to the property behind the building, and the location has seen a number of events since.

The Unique Charm of Sonora: Where Nature, History, and Adventure Meet

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Those wanting to experience outdoor beauty and nature on their visit to Sonora should experience Eaton Hill Nature Center. Situated on 37 acres of prime Texas hiking territory, the center is located in a historic home with a rich history of its own, spanning more than a century. It’s nothing short of a “living classroom.” Adventure and outdoor appreciation await you at Eaton Hill, together with the opportunity to learn in the process. You can opt to hike one of the many outstanding trails on the property, or study the flora and fauna of the two amazing ecosystems that merge in Sonora—that of the Chihuahuan Desert and the Texas Hill Country!

The Unique Charm of Sonora: Where Nature, History, and Adventure Meet

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With its unique shops and restaurants, as well as a great choice of accommodations, Sonora boasts a great mix of everything you’ll need for an unforgettable Texas getaway. A ticket package that ensures you make the most of your visit is available for purchase in advance of your trip, comprised of the Downtown Sonora attractions noted above as well as a cave tour. The full package for adults is $25, while the children’s rate is $16. This discounted deal is only available online. However, onsite tickets can also be purchased at regular rates. For more information, visit the ticket link available here. To begin planning your trip to Sonora, visit the Chamber of Commerce website for more information. There, you’ll find recommendations for everything from accommodations to activities, dining, local history, and sight-seeing. It’s a close-knit community that proudly opens its doors to visitors from near and far, with good reason! The natural beauty, rich history, and Texas charm make it a great place for your next road trip.

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