Breckenridge Pop.7,929 Alt. 1,220

General -

Established 1876, said named for John C. Breckenridge, vice president under James Buchanan, 1857-61. Large-production oil wells discovered 1916-17; boom exploded in 1920 when town leaped from population of 1,500 to 30,000 in 12 months. As in most cases, boom soon faded. Today seat of Stephens County, retail and shipping center for ranching activities, location of petrolium-related and other industries.

Breckenridge Aviation Museum-

More than a dozen vintage warplanes, plus displays and large collection of historic photographs. Development and acquisitions continuing. Site of annual air show Memorial Day Weekend. Open daily 8a.m.-5p.m. at Stephens County Airport, U. S. 183, 2 mi. south.

Breckenridge Park-

Beautiful tree shaded grounds with swimming pool, playing fields for baseball and soccer, tennis courts, hiking trails, picnic tables, playground equipment. East end of city on U.S. 180.


Hubbard Creek, Possum Kingdom.

Library and Fine Arts Center-

Opened 1985, modern facility is site of art displays in all media, plus traveling exhibits. Open Mon.-Fri. 11a.m.-6p.m. 200 block N. Breckenridge Ave. (U. S. 183).

Possum Kingdom State Park-

32 miles northeast on the popular reservoir.

Swenson Memorial Museum and J. D. Sandefer Oil Annex-

In handsome old bank building, museum features pioneer artifacts, traveling exhibits. Open Tues.-Sat. 10a.m.-noon, 1-4p.m. Annex devoted to boom-days history, open air tool display, oil field history. 116 W. Walker and 113 N. Breckenridge.



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