Breckenridge (Stephens County) -02/25/2016

It has been awhile since I had an opportunity to collect a new county. After completing this walk, I now have 49 counties left to do a registered walking event in to complete my goal of doing all 254 counties.

Breckenridge is the county seat.  The walk registration was at the Ridge Motel. Once we registered we drove over to the County Courthouse to park and walk.

The Stephens County Courthouse, designed in 1925 with construction spanning through 1926 is a sophisticated Classical Revival style.

The Stephens County Courthouse, designed in 1925 with construction spanning through 1926 is a sophisticated Classical Revival style.

Municipal Building across from the courthouse.

Municipal Building across from the courthouse.

The high school students are "Buckaroos".

The high school students are “Buckaroos”.

The Junior High Students are "Broncos".

The Junior High Students are “Broncos”.

Cute statue in front of the public library.

Cute statue in front of the public library.

Alex Arnest Kime Mural

Alex Arnest Kime Mural is a memorial to the Mr. Kime who was the owner of a Nash Car Dealership in the 1920’s

Mural on the side of the visitors center touts Breckenridge's designation as "The Mural Capitol of Texas"

Mural on the side of the visitors center touts Breckenridge’s designation as “The Mural Capitol of Texas”.  The Texas Legislature bestowed this title Jan. 17, 2001

Another mural but I didn't find information on it.

Another mural but I didn’t find information on it.

IOOF building on the left, Masonic Lodge on the right. In between is and oil well.

IOOF building on the left, Masonic Lodge on the right. In between is and oil well.

This driller is behind the oil well's fencing.

This driller is behind the oil well’s fencing.

Another Mural with no information on it.

Spirit of Justice Mural depicts the old 1883 courthouse on the left.  In an inset above Boomtown is a picture of the Lady of Justice that stood atop the old courthouse.

A pretty fountain on the corner.

A pretty fountain on the corner.

A former bank building from 1920 is now a museum.

A former bank building from 1920 is now a museum.

Spirit of the Bacaroo Mural is of a 1924 football game.

Spirit of the Bacaroo Mural is of a 1924 football game.

This ornate doorway is all that remains of the 1883 county courthouse. It was main entrance of the three-story red sandstone courthouse.

This ornate arch is all that remains of the 1883 county courthouse. It was the main entrance of the three-story red sandstone courthouse.

Historical Marker for Camp Breckenridge. It was a Civil War encampment established in 1862.

Historical Marker for Camp Breckenridge. It was a Civil War encampment established in 1862.

War Memorial on a corner of the courthouse lawn.

War Memorial on a corner of the courthouse lawn.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church

WPA constructed three story stucco post office.

WPA constructed three story stucco post office.

First Christian Church

First Christian Church

National Theater from 1920 has been restored.

National Theater from 1920 has been restored.

Empty lot turned into a bird sanctuary.

Empty lot turned into a bird sanctuary with lots of birdhouse.  Following is a small example.

Interesting birdhouse.

Interesting metal birdhouse.

Just a child's guitar strung up for a birdhouse.

Just a child’s guitar strung up for a birdhouse.

Another nicely done birdhouse.

Another nicely done birdhouse.

Breckenridge Park.

Breckenridge Park.

Walkway along drainage area.

Walkway along drainage area.

Old gate entrance to the park.

Old gate post with lamp marks the entrance to the park.

Memorial to the people who donated the property for this park.

Memorial to the people who donated the property for this park.

New park entrance is still under construction.

New park entrance is still under construction.

Historical marker about Thurber Bricks (some streets in town are still brick).

Historical marker about Thurber Bricks (some streets in town are still brick).

Another mural - this one in need of some repair as the wood is rotting away.

Another mural – this one in need of some repair as the wood is rotting away.

Creek we crossed.

We crossed a creek.

Old YMCA building.

Old YMCA building.

Where Horses Ride in Fords Mural

Where Horses Ride in Fords Mural

Howdy from Breckenridge Mural.

Howdy from Breckenridge Mural.

Ranching Mural with active brands of the county displayed around the edges.

Ranching Mural with active brands of the county displayed around the edges.

Returning down Walker Street to the finish at the courthouse.

Returning down Walker Street to the finish at the courthouse.

Squirrel watching us from the old archway.

Squirrel watching us from the old archway.

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I am an avid Volksmarcher. I belong to Texas County Walkers in Mesquite.
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4 Responses to Breckenridge (Stephens County) -02/25/2016

  1. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Breckenridge. I think I need to visit it again. Thanks for the pics, especially the birdhouse pics! I love folk art.

  2. Gypsy Bev says:

    The murals must brighten up the town. Especially enjoyed the statue at the library and the unique bird houses. When living in Texas, I once had cowboy boots for birdhouses.

  3. walktx says:

    They actually had a cowboy boot birdhouse there, but I didn’t take a picture of it. Wish I had now!

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