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BRECKENRIDGE, TEXAS

"The Mural Capital of Texas"

Stephens County Seat, West Texas / Texas Panhandle*

3245'24"N 9854'20"W (32.756793, -98.905580)
Hwy180
98 miles W of Fort Worth
59 miles E of Abilene
Hwy 183
28 miles N of Eastland
Population: 5,722 (2017) 5,806 (2010) 5,868 (2000)

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Breckenridge, TX - The Dynamo of West Texas
"Breckenridge - The Dynamo of West Texas" Mural
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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.
Breckenridge TX, Billy Ines' mural
Mural by Billy Ines
TE photo, 1999

Breckenridge, Texas Landmarks/Attractions

Photo Gallery by Barclay Gibson
 Brenkenridge, Texas - 1926 Stephens County Courthouse,
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Stephens County Courthouse

Brenkenridge Texas - The 1883 Stephens County Courthouse doorway,
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, May 2005
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.

Breckenridge, TX - The old first National  Bank Bldg
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009

The Swenson Memorial Museum

The Old First National Bank Building.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
116 W. Walker
254-559-8471
Home of the Basil Clemons Photograph Collection
of oil boomtown Breckenridge photographs.

Historical Marker:

Old First National Bank Building

The First National Bank of Breckenridge was organized in 1904, when Stephens County was primarily a farming and ranching area. The financial institution moved its headquarters to this building following its completion in 1920, during the height of the area oil boom. The Beaux Arts Classical Revival structure, which features Ionic columns and bracketed architecture over the doorway, served as the First National Bank building until 1972.
1984
Breckenridge, TX - The old First National  Bank Bldg
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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Breckenridge, TX -  Eagle atop theThe old First National  Bank Bldg
Eagle atop the old first National Bank Building
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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Breckenridge, TX - The old First National  Bank painted sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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Mural of the 1883 Stephens County Courthouse, Breckenridge Texas
Mural showing the 1883 Stephens County courthouse
TE photo, February 2004
Breckenridge, TX - Courthouse mural
Another courthouse mural
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Breckenridge, TX - Courthouse mural
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Breckenridge, TX - Simpsons Grocery & Market
Simpson's Grocery & Market Mural
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Breckenridge, TX - Spirit of the Buckaroos mural
"Spirit of the Buckaroos" mural
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Breckenridge, TX - Spirit of the Buckaroos mural
"Spirit of the Buckaroos" mural detail
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Breckenridge, TX - Spirit of the Buckaroos mural
"Spirit of the Buckaroos" mural detail
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Breckenridge, TX - Spirit of the Buckaroos mural
"Spirit of the Buckaroos" mural detail
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Breckenridge, TX - Cowboy mural
Cowboy mural
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Breckenridge, TX - Cowboy mural
Mural close up
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Breckenridge, TX - Cowboy mural
Mural close up
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Breckenridge, TX - mural

"Howdy"
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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Breckenridge TX - Municipal Building
Municipal Building
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Breckenridge TX - Masonic Building
Masonic Building
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Breckenridge TX - Masonic Building

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Breckenridge Tx Oil Derrick
Oil Derrick
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Breckenridge Tx - Sandefe rOil Annex
Sandefer Oil Annex
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Breckenridge Tx - Fire Escape
Fire Escape
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Breckenridge Tx - Fire Escape
Fire Escape
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Breckenridge Tx - Fire Escape
Fire Escape
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Breckenridge Tx - Closed Local icon
Local icon close
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Breckenridge Tx - Closed  hotel

Closed hotel
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TX - Breckenridge Cemetery

Breckenridge Cemetery
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Breckenridge TX
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Breckenridge TX City Limit
Breckenridge City Limit
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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).

  • Murals from "The Mural Capital of Texas"

    Editor's Note:
    " 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."

    - January 19, 2001


    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

    *Texas Department of Transportation includes Howard County in the Panhandle Plains

  • Breckenridge, Texas Area Towns:
    Eastland | Abilene
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