Capital of I-35"Hill
County Seat, North
Just off I-35
50 Miles S of Ft.
55 Miles S of Dallas
33 Miles N of Waco
(2000) 7,072 (1990)
LANDMARKS / ATTRACTIONS Hillsboro
abounds with handsome buildings. The chamber in the beautifully restored MKT
(Katy) Railroad Depot is reason enough to visit Hillsboro. Lots of railroad
artifacts and photographs of Hillsboro as it was. Hillsboro was also an Interurban
stop between Dallas and Waco.
Cell Block Museum (former Hill County Jail), just a block away, is one
of the more attractive jails anywhere in Texas. Featured in Texas Highway Magazine's
article on jails, this one had Elvis as one of its short-term guests. (Elvis
was stationed at Ft. Hood).
The Texas Heritage Museum: Devoted to Civil War Era documents and exhibits,
especially Hood's Texas Brigade. 3000 volume library.
On the Campus of Hill
College. 254-2555 ext. 295
Open Monday through Saturday 9 to 4 and Sunday
11 to 4.
Pick up their brochure at the Chamber.
Hillsboro Junior College dates from 1923, but was closed in 1950. It was
reopened in 1962 as Hill Junior College.
The 1913 Post Office is now the City Library. This was the first
restoration project of Hillsboro in 1972.
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1913 Post Office is now the City Library. |
This was the first restoration project
of Hillsboro in 1972.
Michaels, April 2008
building with 'The Spirit of Progress' on it was a Montgomery-Ward store. This
image was M-W's logo and appears on many of their storefronts from the early 20th
century. It's a good way to spot old M-W stores that have been converted to new
uses." - Dwight Young. |
Photo courtesy Stephen
Michaels, April 2008
1890 Hill County Courthouse|
This is the one responsible for making Texans aware their "temples of justice"
were threatened and needed attention.
This wedding-cake masterpiece was
designed by Wacoan Architect W. C. Dodson. The Cornerstone was laid without
toad in it in 1890. The stone came from another neighbor - Bosque County.
The courthouse won the Downtown Association's award for "Best Restoration
1999". Burned "beyond recognition" in 1993, you can now visit it as it was
meant to be seen.
On the Square.
by Sam Fenstermacher
County history, the courthouse, the courthouse
square and other attractions.
County Courthouse by Lou Ann Herda, Ed.D, July 2002
to 1854, the county seat was spelled Hillsborough.
In 1890, Hillsboro's
two newspapers were the Mirror and The Reflector.
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| Hillsboro Recreation|
Lake Aquilla - I-35, FM310, 10 miles SW of Hillsboro.
- FM1244, FM 1713
Lake Whitney State Park - Along the eastern shore
of Lake Whitney, 16 miles west of Hillsboro.
Box 1175 Whitney TX 76692, 254/694-3793
Crash at Crush -
The field that once was Crush, Texas is now occupied
by cows, but a recently replaced historical marker south of West, Texas tells
the story of one of the most bizarre publicity stunts of all time.
Great Airship Mystery by C. F. Eckhardt
On April 15, Attorney J. Spence
Bounds of Hillsboro was returning from Osceola, in the southwestern part of Hill
County. At about 9 PM he stated he and his horse were frightened by “a brilliant
flash from an electric searchlight which passed directly over my buggy.” He described
the object to which the searchlight was attached as “in shape something like a
cigar.” Beneath it he described ‘something similar to a ship,’ which was attached
to the cigar-shaped object. He witnessed the thing disappear behind a hill near
the town of Aquilla, a little southwest of Hillsboro. As he got within a mile
or so of Hillsboro, he saw the object rise from behind the hill and take off in
the direction of Dallas at a speed he estimated at 100 mph.... more
Willie Nelson has a room (not cell) of his own, qualifying
by being raised in nearby Abbott.
Other hometown boys made good are the late Bob Bullock and Dr. Red Duke.
There's a lot of Audie Murphy memorabilia as well. Although Murphy was
from Hunt County, Murphy's Biography was written by the founder of the Texas Heritage
Museum. (Our thanks to the museum's sidewalk bricklayers for letting us visit
the museum outside of regular "visiting hours".)
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Hamlin's Bluebird of
Dear Texas Escapes,
I am seeking information about
two young (young in 1942-43) Black men. They were known as Joe B. and Slim.
Slim had two sisters Willy May and Lily May ? One was married to a man named
James. They pulled cotton for my parents in 1942 or 1943 in Hamlin,
Most of [their] family moved on, but Joe B. and Slim did not
yet wish to leave --- so they lived in our front living room for two more months
before they returned to Hillsboro. My family at that time consisted of my parents
(Herbert and Dolores Nauert) and me (Clinton aged 4).
After Joe B. and
Slim went to town one Saturday on their return they gave me a tiny metal bluebird
--- they had gotten from a box of Crackerjacks --- This was one of the only gifts
I had ever been given --- other than at Christmas. I am now 68 years of age and
I have never forgotten those fellows' kindness. Nor have I ever forgotten eating
breakfast with them for those two months in 1942 or 1943. If I could contact them
or one of their children I would just like them to know how a little kindness
can mean so much to a child. My parents and I have very fond memories of those
two really nice young men. Thank you, - Clinton Nauert, Greenwood, Arkansas, August
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