Calico, Texas has been a timber shipping point for many years. Timber is loaded on waiting rail cars and shipped off to the mills for lumber and paper pulp. In recent years, oil has been found along the foot of the hills. As wells are drilled and production gears up, a new industry is developing. Oil is trucked down from the wells and loaded into rail tank cars for shipment to the refineries in the south.
The city's patriarch, who hold all the mineral rights, used the royalties to bring new amenities to Calico, Texas. The biggest project to date was the building of a trolley line. The line carries passengers from town to the Riverside Park. There you can picnic, fish, swim, wade, and enjoy the company of your neighbors. The park is at the base of the hills and near a beautiful water fall. It is also a great spot to watch trains. It had been reported that Miss Calico had been seen riding the trolley and dipping a toe or two into the river.
Because Calico, Texas is on the major highway through the hills, they have a lot of car and truck traffic. Due to this heavy traffic, Calico, Texas has always been a good spot to stop and get gas, eat a meal, and do a little shopping before heading up into the hills, or down into the valley. You see, you have to go through Calico, Texas to get to anywhere in either direction. With this increase in traffic, Miss Calico ordered the installation of traffic lights.
The first traffic light to go up will be by the school. The children of Calico, Texas must cross the highway to get home. So, Miss Calico decided it was time to install a traffic light system.
Calico, Texas has been honored over the years to host many national an international world summits. Leaders from all over the globe have come to this quite little Texas town. Leaders like U. S. President Roland Raygon, Elizabeth II, Prime Ministers from Canada and England, Presidents from Mexico, France, and Poland have been to Calico, Texas.
When the summits were over, Miss Calico would always host a big Texas style Bar-B-Q at her estate for all the honored guests and town's folk. Miss Calico always worked with the ISD & FA Rwy and Amtrak to have special passenger trains bring the dignitaries from Fort Worth to Calico, Texas. The Calico, Texas passenger station is always a buzz of activity during these events.
With the passing of Miss Calico in June, 1999, dignitaries from all over the world came to say goodbye, to thank her for her hospitality, kindness, generosity, and guidance offered over the years. Miss Calico was a major force in developing the town and she will be missed.
The village of Calico, Texas continues to be a sleepy little town and growth is expected to occur. It has been rumored that a new industrial park with rail service will be constructed sometime in the future to handle the growing timber and expanding oil and gas industries. It has even been hinted there may be coal in them hills outside of town. With the town of Calico, Texas holding all the mineral rights to the region, we are sure that this industry will be developed slowly, so that everything continues to progress at a very slow, thoughtful and steady rate.