My Home Town – Cisco, Texas

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Cisco, Texas was a typical central Texas town where the streets were packed every Saturday during the 1950’s and 60’s with the whole family shopping to take care of their needs for the next week or so.  I remember our little town of less than 4,000 people had three jewelry stores and each one had a watch repairman.  We had a movie theater, JC Penny’s store and a Sears service center for ordering catalog items as well as service for appliances.  Of particular interest was our little town had more than 20 churches.

The main drag was Hwy 80 that ran right through town.  There were 7 gas station along that small stretch of Highway and were usually fairly competitive in their pricing.  I remember purchasing gasoline at 18 cents per gallon in 1968 during one of those gasoline wars.

Cisco is where Conrad Hilton bought his first hotel – The Mobley Hotel.  It became a run down building after being used as a retirement home after closing as a hotel then became abandoned in the late 1960’s.  Interesting story about when Conrad Hilton came to Cisco.  He came to buy a bank and ended up buying the Mobley Hotel.  He was noted for renting every room including his own and he would sleep at the railroad depot across the street.

Some of the Councilman and Chamber members were able to work a deal with Conrad Hilton’s son to restore the Mobley Hotel into a Museum and Civic Center housing the Chamber’s offices.  This was an amazing accomplishment to save that building and make it into a historic site.

I watched the businesses close one by one where the downtown had almost two to one abandoned buildings to occupied buildings.  The trend of going shopping as a form of entertainment caused folks to go to Abilene and Fort Worth instead of shopping locally.  This coupled with Walmart coming in further drove small hardware stores out of business.

Here we are in 2018 and Cisco is coming back to life.  A few years ago an organization was formed.  Cisco Economic Development Corporation.  It has made an impact on Cisco.  Store fronts are all going back to the original motif.  Now there are more occupied buildings with businesses than empty.


Ivan Webb is known in the Petrol industry as a self-starting change initiator motivated by fresh ideas. His first oil deal dates back to the days of the LBJ Presidency; when Willie Mays and Hank Aaron were still active baseball players. Since then, Ivan Webb has lived through countless swings in the price of oil and gas as well as numerous advancements in oil extraction technology.

IN the past 10 years, he has helped drill 30 wells, including 7 of our own, which were producing on our own behalf.

From the 70’s to the 90’s, he was instrumental in leasing oil and gas concessions in Australia, Guyana and Turkey before narrowing his efforts into producing wells in the Central Texas region. One of areas of expertise has been in finding existing wells in that region. These are wells that may have shut down as they hit their production limit in years past but can be re-completed and reworked to a far greater capacity using the tools of today.

Ivan is currently managing Northern Minerals & Exploration LTD, a public company dedicated to growing investments in the Oil, Gals, Gold & Silver Industry as well as the Founder & President of Kathis Energy.

Ivan Webb