Old Rip Park - Eastland, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 32° 24.114 W 098° 49.209
14S E 516913 N 3584998
Quick Description: A delightful outdoor pocket park in downtown Eastland celebrates the City's most famous resident ever
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 10/21/2015 9:03:06 AM
Waymark Code: WMPV16
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
The Eastland Community Foundation developed Old Rip Park in the 1990s to bring a little life interest and excitement to downtown Eastland.

It's worked: Old Rip Park is a fun stop for children of all ages, who want to see a large metal sculpture of Old Rip, the city's legendary horny toad and most famous resident EVER, or who would like to enjoy some Eastland County pioneer heritage. It's all on display in a beautiful landscaped setting.

From the Eastland Foundation website: (visit link)

"Located on Main Street as part of the Eastland Civic Center, Old Rip Park display's the Old Rip statue and the Townsend Bell. The park is dedicated to the Mens' Service Clubs of Eastland.

Townsend Bell - In 1869, John T. Townsend brought this bell and all his family's possessions to Eastland County from Bowing Green, Kentucky in a covered wagon. Know the rest of the story by reading the marble inscription within Old Rip Park.

Old Rip Statue - The amazing horned toad was placed into the cornerstone of the courthouse in 1897, only to be found alive some years later when removed.

The story and events are told on the marble plaque inside the park.
Name: Old Rip Park

Street Location: 300 bl of Main Street at Mulberry St

Local Municipality: City of Eastland

State/Province, etc.: Texas

Country: United States

Web Site: [Web Link]

Memorial/Commemoration: Men's Service Clubs of Eastland

Date Established: 1990s

Picnic Facilities: tables and chairs

Recreational Facilities:
none - this is a narrow pocket park for eating lunch in and strolling through

Monuments/Statues: Townsend Bell

Art (murals/sculpture, etc.): Metal sculpture of Old Rip

Fountains: small decorative

Ponds/Lakes/Streams/Rivers/Beach: none

Special Events: Old Rip Day (February), Rip Fest (September)

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