Established in about 1875 as the seat of Eastland County, the town grew primarily as a trade center for surrounding farms and ranches. It is named for Capt. William M. Eastland, San Jacinto hero and Texas Ranger.
Lake Leon and Ringling Lake are popular local fishing spots. Leon offers cabins and an RV park. 254/647-3651.
For golf enthusiasts, Lakeside and Lone Cedar golf courses each offer 18 holes.
Ripfest Parade and Festival is held the first Saturday in October. 245/629-2332.
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