Wild Hog Capital of Texas featured in 'Texas Highways' travel magazine
POSTED: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 5:54pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 11, 2014 - 1:47pm
BEN WHEELER, TEXAS (KETK) — One East Texas city known as Wild Hog capital of Texas is getting national attention. Ben Wheeler made the April issue of "Texas Highways" which is a travel magazine of Texas. The list is 'Texas Top 40' of places to visit and Ben Wheeler placed #21.
It's no surprise why the historic city Ben Wheeler has made made the list. What was once considered a ghost town in 2008 is now the place to be. We spoke with Ben Wheeler Economic Development about the honor. "Now to have it up and running with shops and two restaurants; Moore's and the forge bistro, live music on the weekends I think that is what spread the word," said Veronica Terres.
Meredith Mendenhall is from Dallas and comes to Ben Wheeler because of property and says it's her favorite place to come and enjoy life.
The small city between Dallas and Tyler is something special. "What Brooks Gremmels started in 2008 was to revitalized this town to bring it back to life there was literally nothing here," said Terres.
The Pollards of Tyler come to ben wheeler every week to dine and dance. "We enjoy this great restaurant the Forge, the food is delicious, I'm just have a homemade potato chips and a rooster sandwich, this is good food and a honkytonk atmosphere and it's a fun place to come."
Residents say, the city keeps growing and has turned into a music mecca. "There's a lot of people that haven't heard about us or be in the top ten, 21 is ok I guess," said Joseph Drew.
"I'm just so excited that the rest of the world is realizing what a really great thing we have here and we are being discovered and we are going to continue to grow and we are going to continue to raise the bar and you're going to hear a lot more from Ben Wheeler," said Marsha Taylor, owner of the Secret Garden store.
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