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Waymarking Hillsboro, TX – July 16, 2016

Posted on: July 16, 2016

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.

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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.

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Ridge Park Cemetery is the new cemetery.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Abbott House has a historical marker which gives information on the Abbott family.

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The Victorian home of Edward S. Davis, civic leader, banker, engineer is undergoing restoration.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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Right across the street is Central Christian Church built in 1892.

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We continued down Pleasant Street to the new (1962) brick First Baptist Church.

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Turning the corner we backtracked to visit the First United Methodist Church which was built in 1853.

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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.

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