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Runnels County, Texas


"The Greatest Little Town In Texas"

Page Contents for Ballinger, Texas

Statistics & Facts

History & History-related items

City Attractions

Chamber of Commerce.

Community events.


Statistics & Facts

The Texas state capital is Austin.
The population of Ballinger is approximately 3,975 (1990), 3767 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,849 (1990), 1461 (2010).
The amount of land area in Ballinger is 8.673 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.019 sq kilometers.
The distance from Ballinger to Washington DC is 1426 miles.
The distance to the Texas state capital is 165 miles. (as the crow flies)
Ballinger is positioned 31.74 degrees north of the equator and 99.95 degrees west of the prime meridian.

History & History Related Items

"When the Santa Fe Railroad was pushing therailroad into this then undeveloped country, Santa Fe officials decidedto build a town on the banks of the Colorado River. June 29, 1886brought one of the largest crowds Ballinger has ever had. It isestimated that over 5,000 people attended the town lot sale that day.Some arrived days before in covered wagons and pitched camp along theElm Creek or Colorado River to await the sale. Others arrived onhorseback, came in hacks or buggies or arrived on special trains. Thesepeople came to buy town lots and remain in the new town of Ballinger." (From the Newcomers Guide)
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Ballinger, "The Greatest Little Town In Texas," is nestled along theColorado River in the very heart of Texas. With over 4,000 friendlypeople, beautifully restored historical homes and buildings, antiquestores, active civic organizations, a thriving, downtown district,industrial plants and with an average daily temperature of 78 degrees,she proudly serves the surrounding Agri-Plex and Runnels County asCounty Seat. Runnels County is rich in fertile farm and ranch landsproducing primarily cotton, grain, sheep, cattle, and oil.

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Ballinger Chamber

Ballinger Chamber of Commerce

Ballinger Community Events

September each year
Annual Garage Sale
Place: Ballinger Texas
Time: all day
Sponsored by: Ballinger Chamber of Commerce

February each year
Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet
Place: Ballinger High School
Time: Evening
Sponsored by: Ballinger Chamber of Commerce
Presentation of Citizen and Business of the Year Award

An Annual Event
Easter Egg Hunt
Place: Ballinger City Park
Sponsored by: Ballinger Chamber of Commerce

December each year
Christmas in Olde Ballinger
Place: Runnels County Courthouse Lawn
Sponsored by: Ballinger Chamber of CommerceCoronation of Miss Merry Christmas - Christmas ParadeDowntown Festivities - Tree Lighting - Craft and Food Booths onCourthouse Lawn - Arrival of Santa

Ballinger Organizations

Ballinger Chamber of Commerce

Ballinger Libraries

Carnegie Library of Ballinger
204 N. 8th
Ballinger, Texas
Phone: 915 365 3616
Hours: Monday to Thursday hours 9am to 5pm
Librarian: Cindy Belden (9-2000)
The Carnegie Library building is one of thirty-four library buildings funded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. It is one of only four of those buildings still used as a public library. This building became a recorded Texas Landmark in 1962. Completed in 1911, the exterior was restored in 1979 and the interior rehabilitation was finished in November of 1986.

The beautiful, historic building now houses not only expanded library facilities and services, but also provides space for the Arts and Humanities through exhibitions, theater and musical productions. ,Many educational, cultural, civic, and social activities and meetings areheld there.

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