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BRECKENRIDGE, TEXAS
"The Mural Capital of Texas"

Stephens County Seat, West Texas / Texas Panhandle*
Hwy180
98 miles W of Fort Worth
59 miles E of Abilene
Hwy 183
28 miles N of Eastland
Population: 5,806 (2010)

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Mural of the 1883 Stephens County Courthouse, Breckenridge Texas
Mural showing the 1883 Stephens County courthouse
TE photo, February 2004
If 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.
Breckenridge TX, Billy Ines' mural
Mural by Billy Ines
TE photo, 1999

Murals from "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.
1926 Stephens County Courthouse, Brenkenridge, Texas
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2007
Stephens County courthouse

Breckenridge, Texas Landmarks/Attractions

  • The 1926 Stephens County Courthouse
  • The 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.
  • The 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.
  • Breckenridge Aviation Museum
    Part of the West Texas Wing of the Confederate Air Force. Located at the Stephens County Airport. Call 254-559-3201 for hours.
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    Mural of man with car in Breckenridge Tx
    Breckenridge murals by Billy Ines
    TE Photo
    Nearby Destinations
  • 38 miles east to Palo 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).
  • Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce
    2410 West Walker
    254-559-2301
    Website: www.breckenridgetexas.com.
    Swenson Memorial Museum
    The Swenson Memorial Museum
    Old postcard courtesy of SMM
    Breckenridge, Texas Forum
  • 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

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