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Old Rip the Horned Toad


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According to apparently authentic records and witnesses, a Texas horned toad (a type of lizard) was sealed in cornerstone of an Eastland courthouse built in 1897. In 1928 a new courthouse was erected, the prior cornerstone was opened, and the horned frog was found alive! The small animal received great publicity; was displayed nationally. When it died the following year of pneumonia, it was placed in a glass-front casket, on view in the present county courthouse.


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Local Lakes

Daniel, Cisco, and Leon. Also Eastland and Ringling Lakes are popular local fishing spots one mile north of town. Primitive camping, trails, and RV hookups are available at Ringling.

Eastland, TX Recreation

Majestic Theatre

Built by one of Eastland's founding fathers, C.U. Connellee in 1920

Eastland, TX Theatres

Post Office Mural

National and Post Office history depicted in 6- by 10-foot mural of postage stamps. Seven years and some 12,000 stamps were required to produce the mosaics of historical scenes and famous stamps.

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Old Rip the Horned Toad

According to apparently authentic records and witnesses, a Texas horned toad (a type of lizard) was sealed in cornerstone of an Eastland courthouse built in 1897. In 1928 a new courthouse was erected, the prior cornerstone was opened, and the horned frog was found alive!

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