Legend of Old Rip
The horned toad that was placed into the courthouse
cornerstone as a prank. But 31 years later, it was no prank when the
stone was opened and the toad was found to be ALIVE! He toured the
nation as a celebrity and was received by President Calvin Coolidge. Although he survived isolation for many
years, the stress and strain of public adoration was too much, and he
later died of pneumonia. His remains continue to lie in a coffin at the
Eastland County Courthouse and his memory is portrayed as "Alive & Kickin'!"
Read the complete History of Old Rip.
Eastland County Museum
Organized in 1992, the Eastland County
Museum & Historical Society immediately began to archive period
photographs and other memorabilia related to the county and the
surrounding area. The first floor has a very large space for county and
traveling exhibits. The mezzanine, overlooking the main floor, will have
areas for exhibits and will also be available for lectures and meetings.
The second floor is divided into the original small office spaces. The
basement includes the vault, used to secure important museum archives,
and a large room for permanent historic display exhibits.
For more info, see website.
Post Office Stamp Mural
Located at the Eastland Post Office, 411 West Main, the mural
is 6 feet by 10 feet. Few community efforts can match that which was
achieved by the late Marene Johnson-Johnson, who with the aid of stamp
collecting buffs in Eastland, put together the stamp mural window which
has decorated the lobby of Eastland Post Office since its dedication on
June 14, 1963.
The stamp window was constructed over a span of seven
years with exactly 11,217 stamps. The stamps are pressed between two
panes of glass to preserve their pattern permanently. The central image
of Benjamin Franklin is flanked by other stamps depicting the United
Nations Emblem, portraits of Martha Washington and Abraham Lincoln, a map of Texas, motifs of progress in American
communication and industry, military forces, and education. Original
cost to Mrs. Johnson was $15,000 and it was projected to be worth $5
million by 1988.
Park Hill Water Park
Opened in the summer of 2005, the water park is operated and
maintained by the city and offers many attractions that set it apart
from just an ordinary city swimming pool. Features include sunken ship
toddler slide, a kiddies dual-action-slide, a mushroom waterfall, and a
very large body-shoot slide.
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This historic and beautiful theatrical facility was built by
one of Eastland's founding fathers, C.U. Connelle, in 1920. The Connellee featured films
and stage shows; Gene
Autry and his horse, Champion, made their appearance and live radio
programs were broadcast every Saturday. Currently, the theater features current hit films each Friday through Monday;
schedules classic films, concerts, conventions, school & religious
events and touring stage shows for children and adults. The building
also features a State of Texas historical marker. The Theater is
currently operated and managed by the Fine Arts Community of Eastland.
Tours are available on request at 254-629-2102.
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The lake is a 28,000 acre-foot lake with great fishing,
located seven miles southeast of Eastland. Lake Leon offers some of the
area's best bass fishing, and holds the majestic Lone Cedar Country Club on its shores.
Most known for its largemouth bass tournament fishing, the
reservoir also supports excellent populations of channel catfish,
sunfish, and white bass.
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Historical buildings all within two city
blocks are part of a continuing project to portray more of Eastland‘s
history. Pick up your map at the Chamber of Commerce located