Once again with camera in hand, I visited another small town in Central Texas. Hillsboro is just west of I-35 and it is the county seat of Hill County. They have a beautiful courthouse, which I’ve photographed several times so I wasn’t there today to take pictures of it.
My first stop was the cities two cemeteries. Not only did I want pictures of them and the associated historical markers but I had treasure to hide. I left behind a letterbox in each. Cemeteries make good locations for letterboxes because people don’t pay any attention to people wandering around in them looking at headstones.
City Cemetery is a historical cemetery established in 1855.
Ridge Park Cemetery is the new cemetery.
After hiding my treasure and making notes for the clues I’ll post online we headed to City Park. It is a lovely 20 acre park located a short distance from downtown.
From the park we entered the residential area with its beautiful old Victorian Homes some of which are on the National Register of Historical Places.
Sims-Womack House has a historical marker (hidden amongst the shrubbery) with information on past owners, Dr. William Thomas Sims and Leroy and Lalia Womack.
Built around 1890 this beautiful Victorian home with corner tower (or turret) was owned by prominent area civic leader and merchant, Louis Brin and his wife, Rebecca.
The Abbott House has a historical marker which gives information on the Abbott family.
The Victorian home of Edward S. Davis, civic leader, banker, engineer is undergoing restoration.
McKinnon-Anderson House is a Victorian home built in 1896 for local attorney, A. P. McKinnon, and later owned by local banker, Samuel Houston Anderson.
The Lumpkin House was built in 1883 for R. S. Lumpkin (1837-1921) and his wife Mary (Kelly). The house style reflects the success of Lumpkin, Hillsboro’s first maker of saddles and harness. He was a Confederate veteran, a horse fancier, and a volunteer fireman. In 1974 this home was purchased by the R.C. Crow family and was extensively restored in 1983 on its 100th anniversary.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Building of this sanctuary began in 1910 and completed in 1911. The red brick sanctuary features both Gothic Revival and Prairie School style influences.
The Tarlton House at 211 North Pleasant St, Hillsboro, TX, was built by attorney Greene Duke Tarlton, and was the toast of the town during its heyday. It’s still a beautiful Queen Anne-style home. There are rumors that it is haunted.
Right across the street is Central Christian Church built in 1892.
We continued down Pleasant Street to the new (1962) brick First Baptist Church.
Turning the corner we backtracked to visit the First United Methodist Church which was built in 1853.
Our last stop was to visit the first home of Hillsboro Junior College. It is one of first public junior colleges in Texas. It was established in 1923, as a part of Hillsboro Public School System. Peak attendance was 410 students during 1939-40. The school closed August 31, 1950, after voters defeated a maintenance tax proposal twice. It was reopened at a new location east of I-35 in 1962.