A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from December 22, 2006
Mural Capital of Texas (Breckenridge nickname)

Breckenridge was named the “Mural Capital of Texas” by the Texas legislature in 2001. Murals were painted around the town by Billy Ines, based on historic town photos.
ePodunk: Breckenridge, TX
“Mural Capital of Texas”
Breckenridge is a city in Stephens County.
It is the county seat.
The community name, albeit mispelled, honors John C. Breckinridge, who was vice president of the United States before swearing allegiance to the confederacy
The latitude of Breckenridge is 32.755N. The longitude is -98.901W. It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,204 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 5,676.
TX Department of Agriculture - Go Texan 
Breckenridge is the Mural Capital of Texas. The honor was bestowed on the rural north central town by the 77th Legislature in 2001.
The Boomtown Breckenridge Murals are an ongoing project that currently consists of five murals located throughout downtown Breckenridge. The murals are reproductions of historic photographs from Breckenridge’s oil boom days of the 1920s. They are a mix of historic oil boomtown photographs, a talented air-brush artist, multiple community partnerships and numerous blank downtown walls that serve as large canvases.
Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce
Breckenridge is the county seat of Stephens County.  Located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 180 and U.S. Highway 183, Breckenridge has quick and easy access to major interstates.  With the combination of “small town” shops and eating establishments, location, and local industry, Breckenridge truly is a great place to call home!
Official Capital Designations - Texas State Library
Mural Capital of Texas
House Concurrent Resolution No. 30, 77th Legislature, Regular Session (2001)
Texas Legislature
Senator Fraser offered the following resolution:
WHEREAS, The city of Breckenridge, Texas, has undertaken a remarkable artistic endeavor to enhance its downtown area by commissioning the creation of a series of murals, and this project has indeed brought the town great distinction; and
WHEREAS, Billy Ines painted the striking murals, most of which are based on the photographs of Basil Clemons, who was a resident of Breckenridge for many years; working primarily in black-and-white, Mr. Ines has successfully captured the nuances of a bygone time; and
WHEREAS, Using building exteriors as his canvases, including one two stories high and a half-block in length, Mr. Ines has depicted detailed scenes from Breckenridge’s boom era, as well as a tribute to the town’s championship football teams titled “The Spirit of the Buckaroos”; and
WHEREAS, The murals have already garnered considerable praise, and in 1999 they were selected as the state’s best public improvement project by the Texas Downtown Association; and
WHEREAS, In addition to their intrinsic beauty, the murals reflect Breckenridge’s proud past while enshrining its unique heritage for future generations; in light of this notable civic achievement, it is most appropriate that the city receive special legislative recognition; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Senate of the 77th Texas Legislature hereby recognize Breckenridge as the Mural Capital of Texas and commend the city and Mr. Ines for their significant contributions to the artistic landscape of the Lone Star State.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Friday, December 22, 2006 • Permalink

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