Ballinger  Pop. 4,281   Alt. 1,637


City established in 1886 as Hutchins City; present seat of Runnels County. County, cut by Colorado River, is predominantly agricultural with extensive beef, dairy cattle, sheep, and poultry, plus cotton, grain, sorghum, and fruits. Minerals include oil and natural gas.

Carnegie Library-

built 1909, is one of few in state in continuous use as library . Listed on National Register of Historic Places, library is open weekdays afternoons.

Downtown Pioneer Plaza -

honors pioneers, fountain, gazebo, and restored Star Tobacco sign circa 1909.

City Park and Lake -

10 acre park on Elm Creek features camping facilities, playground and picnic areas, swimming pool, and miniature golf course. Excellent fishing and water skiing on lake about 5 miles west of city.

Cowboy and His Horse Statue -

Honors Charles H. Noyes, local cowboy killed in range mishap. Noyes family commissioned work by world-famed sculptor Pompeo Coppini. On spacious lawn, intersection of U.S. 83/67.



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