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Breckenridge was a sleepy ranching and farming community in the rolling prairie of north central Texas when an oil boom hit. During 1920, it grew from around 1,500 to 30,000 people. By some accounts, its population got as high as 50,000 in the mid-1920s, which would have made it the sixth-largest city in Texas. Pieces of the past remain in its 10-story "skyscraper," the YMCA, and other edifices constructed in the Roaring Twenties, many of which are documented in this volume. The football stadium seated 8,500 in a town that, except for the brief boom, had around 6,000 residents. Before home games, all highways through town were blocked off for parades and pep rallies; away games were broadcast live via phone at a drive-in theater. Even the street signs were green and white with the team colors—it was our town and our team.
ISBN: 9781467123891
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 201
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Dulan Elder, a 1971 graduate of Breckenridge High School, earned a BA in history from Southern Nazarene University and a JD from Texas Tech University School of Law. The images for this work were compiled primarily from the Basil Clemons Photograph Collection at the University of Texas at Arlington, the Swenson Memorial Museum, the Breckenridge American newspaper, and the Breckenridge Independent School District.