History -- Fact or
Texas Red was an outlaw that
roamed the mountains and plains of North and West Texas around the middle
of the nineteenth century. Remember, most of New Mexico and the better
part of Colorado used to belong to Texas. He was immortalized in the hit
song "Big Iron" by Marty Robbins. Texas Red loved the good
things in life and it's been said that he once traded all the loot from a
train robbery for a good steak and bottle of whiskey.
Texas Red was also the nickname of the man who built the first building
that became Texas Reds Steakhouse in Red River, NM. John Richard Gill, an
entrepreneur, western actor and stuntman, rodeo rider and raconteur had
his pick-up break down on him in Red River while enroute to a rodeo in
Wyoming. Not only was there no one to fix his truck in this little
mountain village back in the 50's, but even if there was, he couldn't have
paid for it.
So he stuck around and became a legend. He had always hoped Red River
would be the site for a John Wayne movie so he built his office and home
on Main Street to look like an old west store front. John Gill never did
get to see his building in a western but he did appear in "The
Alamo" with John Wayne, along with many other western movies filmed
in New Mexico and west Texas.
His somewhat more industrious brother and his family turned the historic
looking building into a legend itself, Texas Reds Steakhouse. For over
thirty years Texas Reds has been the premier place to enjoy fine food and
good fun in Red River.
We appreciate you stoppin' by.