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Ballinger, Texas

Ballinger was established in 1886 as Hutchins City; present seat of Runnels County. The county, cut by the 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.

The Carnegie Library, built in 1909, is one of the few in the state in continuous use as a library. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the library is open weekday afternoons.

The Downtown Pioneer Plaza honors pioneers with a fountain, gazebo, and the restored Star Tobacco sign, circa 1909.

Don't miss the Texas State Festival of Ethnic Cultures and Arts & Crafts Show, held the last weekend in April.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

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

Ballinger, TX City Parks


The Cross

Rising 100 feet from the rolling prairie, The Cross was built by the Jim and Doris Studer family in 1993. It measures 70 feet from tip to tip on the arm, and the arms are 60 feet above ground. It is 10-ft. square, on diagonal 14 ft. and weighs 50

Ballinger, TX Monuments

Ballinger Country Club

Course Access: Semi-Private
Holes: 9
Reserve Advance Tee Times:

Ballinger, TX Golf Courses

Things to do near Ballinger, TX

Railroad Museum

Vintage railcars recall nostalgia of train travel. Cars include MK&T diesel switch engine, Texas & Pacific Pullman car, two W...

Midwestern State Univ. Fine Art Gallery

Features works of regional artists throughout academic year. Emphasis on students' art. West Campus Dr. at Nocona Trail on ca...

1890 Jail Museum-Heritage Center

Heritage Center-The old jail served as the detention center until 1973. It now houses the original cells and a never-used gal...

Opera House

Built in 1907 by Albert W. Johnson; considered "fanciest" showplace between Fort Worth and El Paso. Once hosted musical and d...