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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

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

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


Ballinger Country Club

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

Ballinger, TX Golf Courses

Things to do near Ballinger, TX

Mobeetie Jail Museum

Housed in restored jail; early-day sheriff's quarters authentically furnished. Displays of historical items from Wheeler Coun...

South Plains College Art Museum

Fine Arts Building houses exceptional collection of old masters art donated to college by Marjorie Merriweather Post, daughte...

Scenic Drives

Texas 4 (12 miles west of Mineral Wells at Palo Pinto) south to I-20 offers spectacular bluffs and scenery through the Palo P...

Shadow Hills Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 5 days...

Breckenridge Country Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...