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Breckenridge Texas is a town of 5700 residents in Stephens County Texas.  I’ve been there but my good friend Shay calls Breckenridge home.  She was good enough to share with us her perspective on what’s worth seeing in Breck.  — Sam

History

The tremendous oil boom in 1917 at Ranger in Eastland County attracted attention to this area including Stephens County. The discovery of such vast wealth so near excited everyone so that cowboys, teachers, doctors, lawyers, and nearly everyone else quit their jobs and joined the new search for “black gold”. Finally oil was struck west and north of Breckenridge and Stephens County entered a new era. Since that time, the oil industry has contributed greatly to the prosperity and growth of Breckenridge.

Attractions

  1. Swenson Memorial Museum, Stephens County’s Historical Museum, and J.D. Sandefer Oil Museum.
  2. Breckenridge Fine Arts Center – visual art and educational exhibits.
  3. Breckenridge Aviation Museum
  4. Murals – we have (8) through out the town.

The Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce has a good attractions page with information about these places.  Stop by the Chamber for tourist info.

Dining

Familia  Mexican Restaurant (3705 W. Walker Street) excellent service, food and prices – atmosphere is friendly, polite and the food is good all the time.  My favorites, Pollo Asada, Pollo a la Mexicana and of course the Chicken (pollo) Faijtas.

The Marketplace (117 N. Breckenridge Ave.) great place to shop and dine – you can actually purchase the items in the restaurant as the antiques are for sale. This place offers really fresh tasty food with a variety of sandwiches, soups, fruit and salad bar. My favorite, Turkey Avocado with Fat Free Sun Dried Tomato Basil Vinegarette Salad, topped off with fresh fruit and Peach Ice Tea.  Yum!

Pit Stop Barbecue (817 S. Breckenridge Ave.) This place’s decor is NASCAR! Yeah baby… A great place to go and watch the latest sports event on the Big Screen. They have great barbecue, good steaks and very friendly service. Fun atmosphere.

4. Sweet Stuff and Coffee (100 East William) See the web site.  They invite people traveling through to stop in for a healthy lunch complete with drink selection and plenty of desert options.  Home made pies and cakes, they make candy in the store: Carmel ,Fudge, Peanut Brittle , Pecan Brittle , Tabasco Brittle, and cookies.

Lodges

People come to Breckenridge to hunt.  Popular accommodations for hunters hunting.

The Lodge RV Park – they have camping, hunting, RV and bunk houses available. Five separate leases with a variety of hunting options available, from day hunts to season passes.

The Homestead House – Classically remodeled farmhouse from the 1920’s over 300 acres for hunting various types of wildlife.

The Keeping Room Bed & Breakfast – Built in 1929, conveniently located on Highway 180.  Not just for hunters.

Rural Drives

There are so many routes you can take for a pretty drive.  Hwy 67 to Graham, Ranch Road 717 N to Possum Kingdom Lake, or 717 S to Ranger and Eastland.  Hwy 180 to Mineral Wells is a pretty drive.  I’ve traveled so many back roads that are breathtaking. There’s so much wildlife here. In less than a mile I have seen cattle/deer on the side of the road, bobcat running across the road, tarantula spiders big enough to blow out you tire crossing the road, jack rabbits hopping along the road, and coyotes running off into the fields.

I love the dawn with the rise of the sun and the dusk with the setting of the sun. Each view is different every time.   One thing never changes, in this place you can step back in time, like America use to be. The American Family with views, morals and ethics. Everyone here is family.

I really like it when it rains here; the rainfall puts a fresh coat of rich paint on the hills. The stars are big and bright, the night is quiet and the mornings are peaceful.  This is a good place with a lot of history to be told past, present and future.

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