Introduction to Breckenridge, Texas
When Stephens County was created in 1876, Breckenridge was designated as its seat. The city, which was named after Vice-President John Cabell Breckinridge, prospered because of the cattle trade that flourished after the Civil War. Breckenridge was the local trading hub and also housed the court. In 1917, oil was discovered near Breckenridge and the town boomed as a consequence during the 1920s. Around the same time 200 wells were drilled and the city received its first railroad. Breckenridge continues to be the local commercial center for petroleum goods and also serves the retail and shipping industries.
Breckenridge and Nearby Attractions
- Roaring Ranger Oil Boom Museum
- Fort Belknap
- Fort Griffin State Park
- Possum Kingdom State Park
- Abilene Zoo
Things To Do In Breckenridge
The Swenson Memorial Museum and Breckenridge Fine Arts Center are located in the city. Exhibits related to the oil boom of 1917 are displayed in the Roaring Ranger Oil Boom Museum. Fort Belknap, which is close to Breckenridge, was part of a series of forts built from Red River to Rio Grande. A stone arsenal is the only surviving building; the rest were rebuilt in 1936 when Texas celebrated its centennial year. A caboose and the house of a railroad section foreman are exhibited at the Clyde Centennial Museum. Swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing, horseback riding, and hiking can be enjoyed at the nearby Lake Mineral Wells State Park.
Abilene Regional is the local airport.
Breckenridge Higher Education
Cisco Junior College, Ranger College, and Abilene Christian University are close to Breckenridge.