Pecos is the home of the Reeves County Detention Complex which is the largest private prison in the world and is operated by the GEO Group. With a total area of 7.3 square miles, Pecos is the county seat and also the largest city in Reeves County, Texas. The town was called first Pecos Station, then Pecos City, and finally Pecos. It is situated on the western bank of the Pecos River at the eastern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, in the Trans-Pecos region of west Texas and just below New Mexico's border, U.S. highways 80 and 285, Interstate Highway 20, and the Missouri Pacific Railroad, in the east central part of the Reeves County. The city is very popular for its association with the local cultivation of cantaloupes. They are also considered a regional commercial center for ranching, oil and gas production and agriculture. Pecos was also said to be the site of the world's first rodeo on July 4, 1883. Airports located in Pecos include Pecos Municipal Airport (PEQ) (Runways: 2) and Gnaws Farm Airport (96XA) (Runways: 1). The population was 9,922 in 2017.
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