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.
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
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.