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Near Breckenridge in Stephens County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Half-Way Oak

 
 
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By Kayla Harper, February 3, 2019
1. Half-Way Oak Marker
Inscription.  The Half-Way Oak has been a popular rest stop providing shade and comfort for those traveling on foot, horseback, wagons and automobiles for 200 years. The live oak tree got its name from its location half-way between Breckenridge and the towns of Cisco, Eastland and Ranger as well as a mid-way point for the original passage from Stephenville to Fort Griffin. The Half-Way Oak was one of only two trees used as landmarks in an 1858 map of Stephens County. The tree measures 69 inches in diameter and has a circumference of 18 feet. The Half-Way Oak was set to be removed in the mid 1970s to widen U.S. 183, but residents of Breckenridge refused to allow the tree to be harmed. Ice storms have broken huge limbs and telephone lines were placed through the top of it. One motorist died by crashing into the tree. In 1980, the tree was accidentally sprayed with an herbicide and lost all its leaves and it survived. On Arbor Day, 2011, Texas Forest Service designated the Half-Way Oak as a Famous Tree of Texas. We hope the tree can continue to be a beacon for weary travelers for many years to come.
 
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By Kayla Harper, February 3, 2019
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Location. 32° 33.796′ N, 98° 53.582′ W. Marker is near Breckenridge, Texas, in Stephens County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 183 near County Road 160, on the right when traveling north. At a rest stop on the side of the highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Breckenridge TX 76424, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gunsight Community (approx. 1.9 miles away); Last Mob Lynching in the State of Texas (approx. 11.9 miles away); Connellee - Majestic Theatre (approx. 11.9 miles away); Camp Salmon / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense (approx. 12 miles away); Eastland County World War I Memorial (approx. 12 miles away); Eastland County Courthouse (approx. 12 miles away); Eastland (approx. 12 miles away); Early Banking in Eastland (approx. 12 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Half-Way Oak. Famous Trees of Texas (Submitted on February 8, 2019.) 
 
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By Kayla Harper, February 3, 2019
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 7, 2019, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 7, 2019, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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