A short walk around the historic Hillsboro Texas town square. I’ve put together an informal guide to the historic square in Hillsboro Texas complete with many pictures and descriptions.
The images are further down the page.
A Little History
Hillsboro had a period of growth in the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s followed by an extended period of economic decline. As a result many vintage buildings remain, in an unaltered state, around the town square today.
The Old Rock Saloon at 58 W. Elm St. houses law offices today. Once this building was a popular spot for cockfighting and gambling.
The Old Rock Saloon and Bond’s Drug Store set on opposite sides of the entrance to Bond’s Alley on the south side of the courthouse square. This alley has been a popular spot for public gathering over the years. Bond’s Alley is names for Bond’s Drug Store which has been in business at this location since 1881. One can only imagine all the forms of larceny, camaraderie, and politics that have occurred in this alley over the years.
The Cell Block Museum: Old county jail house located one block north of the Courthouse. Open Saturdays April through October. 254-582-8912
Katy Depot: Built to serve the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Katy) Rail Line. Today, home of the Hillsboro Area Chamber of Commerce. A great place to gather information for your visit! 1-800-Hillsboro
Hill County Courthouse: constructed in 1890 and is the work of noted Waco architect W. C. Dodson. This courthouse burned down in 1993, but the people of Hill County loved it so much that they rebuilt it.
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