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Benjamin, Texas

On the divide between the South Wichita and Brazos rivers, Benjamin was established in 1884 when 12 houses were built with lumber hauled from Wichita Falls. The city was named after town founder H.G. Bedford's son, Benjamin, who was fatally struck by lightning as a child. The early center of cattlemen's activities, the present seat of Knox County is still a major farming area for wheat, seedless watermelons, potatoes, and onions. The area is also known for wild hogs and was one of the first to post "wild hogs crossing" signs in the state. The area is also popular with hunters for its abundance of geese, duck, deer, dove, quail, turkey and wild hog. A jail was built in 1887 which still stands as a private home, and the safe of an old bank still stands next to the current sheriff's office.

Local lakes Benjamin, Davis, and Catherine offer abundant water activities.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Scenic Drive

Thirty-six mile loop northeast provides views of farm and ranch lands cut by South Wichita River breaks, where fantastic shapes in layers of multicolored soils can be seen. North on Texas 6 to F.M. 1756, east to F.M. 267, south to U.S. 82, then west back to Benjamin. A roadside park on U.S. 82

Benjamin, TX Scenic Drives

Knox County Veterans Memorial

Located at corner of U.S. 82 and Texas 6, impressive monument dedicated in 2000 honors allKnox County veterans from the Spanish-AmericanWar through current conflicts. Center arch is flanked by 10 granite slabs listing all county veterans'

Benjamin, TX Monuments

Knox County Museum

Barbed-wire collection and other relics from early settlers on view in county courthouse, which was built in 1936 to replace previous stone structure built in 1888. New museum home is currently being constructed onU.S. 82 where 1920

Benjamin, TX Museums

Things to do near Benjamin, TX

Sand Crawl Museum

Named for the Sand Crawl formation south of town, the museum features pictorial representations of the area from Pleistocene ...

Lone Cedar Country Club

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

Potton House

Restored Victorian home of Joseph Potton family, circa 1901; listed in National Register of Historic Places; excellent showca...

City Park and Lake

10-acre park on Elm Creek features camping facilities, playground and picnic areas, swimming pool, and miniature golf course....

McClesky Number 1

Site of 1,700-barrel-per-day oil gusher that touched off Ranger's fantastic oil boom in 1917. Marked by granite monument at T...