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.
Municipal Building across from the courthouse.
The high school students are “Buckaroos”.
The Junior High Students are “Broncos”.
Cute statue in front of the public library.
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”. The Texas Legislature bestowed this title Jan. 17, 2001
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.
This driller is behind the oil well’s fencing.
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 former bank building from 1920 is now a museum.
Spirit of the Bacaroo Mural is of a 1924 football game.
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.
War Memorial on a corner of the courthouse lawn.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
First Baptist Church
WPA constructed three story stucco post office.
First Christian Church
National Theater from 1920 has been restored.
Empty lot turned into a bird sanctuary with lots of birdhouse. Following is a small example.
Interesting metal birdhouse.
Just a child’s guitar strung up for a birdhouse.
Another nicely done birdhouse.
Walkway along drainage area.
Old gate post with lamp marks the entrance to the park.
Memorial to the people who donated the property for this park.
New park entrance is still under construction.
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.
We crossed a creek.
Old YMCA building.
Where Horses Ride in Fords Mural
Howdy from Breckenridge Mural.
Ranching Mural with active brands of the county displayed around the edges.
Returning down Walker Street to the finish at the courthouse.
Squirrel watching us from the old archway.