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County
Stephens
Region
Panhandle Plains
Population
2010 Census - 5,780
2000 Census - 5,868
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Breckenridge, Texas
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Breckenridge Texas History:
The town of Picketville was established as early as 1854. In 1876 it became the county seat of Stevens County, and was renamed Breckenridge. The first county courthouse was built and the post office was established that same year. By 1884, the town had 500 residents. In approximately 1916, oil was discovered in Ranger, Texas. By 1920 Breckenridge had become a boom town due to its own oil wells, and had over 30,000 residents. In July of that year the Wichita Falls, Ranger and Fort Worth Railway had built a line through the town. It was soon followed by the Cisco and Northeastern Railroad. By 1923 the oil production had slowed and the population had declined, but Breckenridge remained a commercial and oil production center. The town’s proximity to Hubbard Creek Reservoir makes the town a popular outdoor recreational area for camping, fishing, hunting and water sports. The Boomtown Breckenridge Murals project is an ongoing effort to paint murals from historic photos on downtown buildings. Approximately 6 murals have been completed to date. The town’s lone skyscraper is the former Burch Hotel built during the 1920s oil boom. It is now the First National Bank Building. Breckenridge is located 4miles east of Lake Ray Hubbard at the intersection of U.S. 183 (Breckenridge Avenue) and U.S. 180 (Walker Street), 67 miles southeast of Seymour, 36.7 miles southeast of Throckmorton, 35 miles southeast of Fort Griffin, 48 miles southwest of Graford, 33.7 miles southwest of Graham, 50 miles southwest of Mineral Wells, approximately 25 miles southwest of Possum Kingdom Lake, 36.7 miles northeast of Palo Pinto, 41 miles northwest of Strawn, 31 miles northwest of Ranger, 27 miles northwest of Eastland, 48 miles north of Rising Star, 28 miles north of Cisco, 59 miles northeast of Abilene, and 24 miles slightly northeast of Albany, Texas.
 
Texas Plains Trail Region:
The 52-county Texas Plains Trail Region includes the Texas Panhandle and Plains. It stretches from the Texas towns of Big Spring and Colorado City in the southern portion of the region, to Muleshoe and the New Mexico state border in the west, to Quanah and Knox City in the east, and to the top of the Texas Panhandle, from Dalhart in the west to Lipscomb in the east. The Texas Plains Trail Region organization is a nonprofit heritage tourism organization affiliated with the Texas Historical Commission. TPTR acts as an economic development initiative that helps Texas communities to promote their historic and cultural resources, and increase tourism to their areas. The organization helps promote travel to heritage destinations and historic sites. A name repeatedly mentioned in the history of West Texas is Cynthia Ann Parker, a young child captured during a raid on Fort Parker. She grew up among the Comanches, married Comanche chief Peta Nocona, and had three children, Pecos, Quanah and Prairie Flower. In 1860, a party of Texas Rangers led by Sul Ross, a future governor of Texas, rescued her and her infant daughter Prairie Flower; Charles Goodnight participated in this raid. Her son Quanah became famous as the last great war chief of the Comanche. One of TPTR’s most visible recent projects is the Quanah Parker Trail. When the project is completed, giant Quanah Parker arrow markers will have been installed in all 52 counties in the Texas Plains Trail Region. Some counties will have more than one installation. The arrows were created and donated by New Home, Texas, artist Charles Smith. As of early 2014, over 70 arrows had been installed in almost 50 counties. Each arrow will have a plaque giving pertinent historical information. (806) 747-1997. P.O. Box 88, Lubbock, Texas 79408. Email  Plains Trail Map
 
Stephens County Courthouse, 1926:
The limestone courthouse was designed in classical revival style by architect David S. Castle. The 2010 Stephens County census was 9,630. (254) 559-2190. 200 West Walker Street.
 
Stephens County Courthouse Arch, 1883:
The main entrance of the former courthouse is displayed on the current courthouse lawn. This courthouse was designed by architect J.E. Flanders.  
 
Annual Stephens County Frontier Days & Bob Drake Chuck Wagon Cook-off, May:
Activities at this two day festival include entertainment, vendors, food booths, competitions including 42 and horseshoes, a carnival, the cook-off, the Breckenridge Idol competition and a pageant. This event is held the first weekend in May. (254) 559-2301. This event is held at Breckenridge City Park on Walker Street.
 
Annual Homecoming Game & Parade, Car Show, and Community Wide Garage Sale, End Sept-Early Oct:
Activities include the garage sale, a car show, the BISD homecoming game and parade, and children’s activities. (254) 559-2301. 
 
Joe’s Pasta Restaurant:
Joe’s serves pasta, pizza, sandwiches, homemade garlic bread and other menu items. (254) 559-3330. 420 W Walker Street. Reviews  More Reviews
 
Mi Familia Restaurant:
They serve Mexican food and delicious deserts. (254) 559-5519. 2600 West Walker Street. Reviews  More Reviews