Oil, football…and the
Bankhead Highway? That’s the story in Breckenridge. The Stephens County seat,
Breckenridge started out as little more than a Wild West-like oil town with
tent encampments, shacks, and gambling halls. Oil wells gushed into the 1920s, making
men and the town rich. Fancy hotels popped up downtown, and Walker Street was
laid with brick. The improvement of
roads connected many of the oil boom towns, including Breckenridge, Cisco,
Eastland, and Ranger. Travel between these towns became easier and football
rivalries emerged among high schools. High school football was so important it
was said that wealthy oil men would travel to towns to scout players and offer
higher paying jobs to the fathers of the ones they wanted to play for their team.
Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce
100 E. Elm St.