not directly responsible for the reputation West Texas has for friendliness,
then Breckenridge is a major contributor. With neighbors like Albany,
Eastland and Palo
Pinto, what do you expect?
The town's "skyscraper" is the former Burch Hotel, built during
the oil boom when Breckenridge's population jumped from 1600 to 20,000
in one year. Now the First National Bank building.
The Breckenridge American is the town newspaper. In addition
to their primary duty of keeping everyone informed, they also sell
books and maps. Topics are Texan: regional history, flora, fauna and
an excellent book on Breckenridge "Jazz-Age Boomtown".
This book depicts Breckenridge's turbulent oil-boom period through
vintage photographs. 114 E. Elm. Monday through Friday 9 to 5.
by Billy Ines
TE photo, 1999
"The Mural Capital of Texas"
In November, 1999,
we wrote: One of the ongoing projects of the Main Street Cities Program
is their award winning series of murals depicting Breckenridge's past.
Airbrush artist Billy Ines provides the talent, while Main
Street Manager Shelly Hargrove coordinates. Just short of "photo-realism",
the murals are inspired by vintage oil boomtown photographs by Basil
Clemons currently housed at the Swenson Memorial Museum. At last count
there were six and they range from excellent to fantastic. Most are
around the town's major intersection (Hwys 180 and 183).
They now have a total of eight murals, and another two in the works.
And now: January 19, 2001 - We were notified by William Myers that
Breckenridge has been proclaimed "The Mural Capital of Texas".
This designation was passed by the Texas Legislature on January 17,
2001. Our congratulations to Breckenridge and our thanks to Mr. Myers
for notifying us of the good news.
courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2007
1926 Stephens County Courthouse
1883 Courthouse Entrance
Looking like a Mayan ruin, the main entrance to the 1883 Courthouse
is displayed on the lawn of the 1926 (and current) Courthouse. Also
of note is the homage to the Egyptian "Father of Architecture" Hammurabi
(above the door on the NW side (rear) of the building.
Swenson Memorial Museum
116 W. Walker In the old First National Bank Building. Tues.-Sat.
9:00-12:00 & 1:00-5:00 p.m. Home of the Basil Clemons Photograph
Collection of oil boomtown Breckenridge photographs.
Part of the West Texas Wing of the Confederate Air Force. Located
at the Stephens County Airport. Call 254-559-3201 for hours.
murals by Billy Ines
38 miles east
Pinto on Hwy 180
24 miles west
to Albany on Hwy 180
28 miles south
to Cisco on Hwy 183,
then 10 miles east to Eastland
on Hwy 6.
Nearby is Hubbard
Creek Lake, 15,000 acre feet of recreational water, 4 miles
west. Lake Daniel is 7 miles from the city. Fishing and boating
but no swimming or wading (it's the city's water supply). Possum
Kingdom Lake - 20 miles East of Breckenridge - here's a
lake in three counties (Stephens, Young & Palo Pinto).
Chamber of Commerce
Swenson Memorial Museum
Old postcard courtesy of SMM
I really enjoy
your website and I appreciate the information you have on Breckenridge,
Stephens County, Texas. There is some information that I would like
to share with you about Breckenridge. Breckenridge, Texas is now
"The Mural Capital of Texas". This designation was passed
by the Texas Legislature on January 17, 2001. Please add this information
to your website. Thank you, William Myers
We are now
officially The Mural Capitol of Texas. There are a total of eight
murals now. We've got another two in the works...... - Kristi
Williams Community Development Director City of Breckenridge
I am soo proud
of Breckenridge now being the "Mural Capital of Texas".
too cool! - Shelly Hargrove, Taylor Main Street Project Manager.
I'm an ex-Texan
living in St. Louis, MO. I used to live in Breckenridge. I graduated
from high school in 1982 and went into the Army. My parents still
reside there. It's nice to see that Breckenridge is on the computer.
Just wanted to say hi to everyone in Breckenridge. Thanks. .. -
Donald Willis, April 09, 2001
*Texas Department of Transportation includes Howard County in the
in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas,
asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic
photos, please contact