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Legend of Old Rip
Old Rip, the Amazing Horned Toad
    
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
Post Office Stamp Mural inside the Eastland Post Office
    
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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Majestic Theatre

    
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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Lake Leon

    
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.
        For more info, see website
 

Downtown Walking
History Tour
    
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 downtown.

 


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