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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

Isaac McCormick Pioneer Cottage

Restored home of area's first settler, built in 1899. Furnished in pioneer style displaying artifacts from 1890s. Inquire loc...

Depot Library/Museum

In old Santa Fe depot (c. 1908); houses public library; museum features local history and extensive collection on Cynthia Ann...

Paradise on the Brazos

Enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking, and tent camping on this 1,000-acre ranch located on the Brazos River just south of tow...

Roberts County Museum

Housed in restored Santa Fe Railroad depot; extensive collections include kitchen, household antiques, pioneer documents, fro...