This "Mural Capital of Texas" is the Stephens County seat. The town was established in 1876. It grew from 1,500 to 30,000 in a year during the great 1920s oil boom, with hundreds of oil derricks sprouting within the city limits.
The historic downtown area features original brick streets from the 1920s. The buildings from this boom era line Walker Street and house a variety of antique and eclectic shops. The Stephens County Courthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. A Texas Main Street City since 1997, Breckenridge has also qualified for a National Main Street designation. Today, the economy is based on ranching, oil and gas, manufacturing and industries. Home of Texas State Technical College - West Texas, Breckenridge Campus.
The area is prime for hunting deer, feral hogs, turkey, quail and dove. Local lakes offer fishing and water sports, along with camping and hiking. The area also offers good birding opportunities.