was created in 1886. Lying nestled along the Colorado River in
the very heart of Texas with over 4,000 friendly people, beautifully
restored historical homes and buildings, antique stores, active
civic organizations, thriving downtown district, industrial plants
and with an average daily temperature of 78 degrees, she proudly
serves the surrounding Agri-Plex and Runnels County as county
seat, with fertile farm and ranch lands producing primarily cotton,
grain, sheep, cattle, and oil.
Ballinger is the perfect "host" city for the new 25,000
surface acre O.H. Ivie Reservoir. Lake Ivie is only 20 miles southeast
of Ballinger on FM 1929, east of Hwy 83. Ballinger is proud of
her beautiful, well kept 20 acre, tree shaded City Park that is
located along historical Elm Creek. The park features an extra
large public swimming pool, outstanding playground equipment,
picnic area with outdoor cooking facilities, hiking and bike trails
and R.V. hookups. Ballinger has two "City Lakes" with
recreational areas, R.V. hookups, and some of the best fishing
The authentically restored Andrew Carnegie Library is worth a
trip to Ballinger...and the last weekend of each April should
always be set aside to attend the "Texas State Festival of
Ethnic Cultures and Arts & Crafts Show", which is held
on the largest landscaped courthouse lawn in the State!Town in
features the Colorado River Bike Fest, a large parade, "ethnic
food" booths, handmade arts and crafts displayed by approximately
100 different artists, live entertainment, a huge dance with a
popular band on Saturday night...All this, plus the friendliest
people you'll ever meet is just a few of the many reasons Ballinger
is called "The Greatest Little
also boasts an incredible school system. The school district has
a long tradition of achievements in sports, academic UIL, band
awards, and high academic success of its students. Students are
encouraged to set and achieve high goals as shown through their
TAAS scores, the number of college graduates and accomplishments
at UIL meets. Ballinger schools were named Exemplary for 2001
by the Texas Education Agency. To read more about our schools,
was named for William Pitt Ballinger
Town of Ballinger was established June 29, 1886 by the Santa Fe
Railroad. It was named for William Pitt Ballinger, an attorney
for the Santa Fe Railroad. For some history about this Ballinger
family see "The Handbook Of Texas Online", article for
Eve Ballinger (1854-1936).
Pitt Ballinger's Law Office in
Galveston, Texas is
now known as"The Cradle", where the
Daughters Of The Republic Of Texas Organization was formulated.
Source: Daughters Of The Republic Of Texas Information.
Cradle" This building was originally the
law office of William Pitt Ballinger, father of co-founder Betty
Ballinger. Now known as the Cradle, it is cherished by the Daughters
as the place where Miss Ballinger and her first cousin Hally Bryan
Perry formulated the idea for their new organization (Daughters
Of The Republic Of Texas). The Cradle has recently been restored
to reflect the original furnishings of the late 1800s. "
The Cradle, Location: 2903 Ave. O 1/2, Galveston
Hours: By Appointment , Admission: None-Donations accepted
Address: P.O. Box 3537, Galveston, TX 77552
Pitt Ballinger never visited Ballinger Texas.
The City of Ballinger was established in 1886 and Mr. Ballinger
died in 1888 at the age of 63.
William Pitt Ballinger:
Texas Lawyer, Southern Statesman, 1825-1888
by John Moretta
Hardcover: 400 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.26 x 9.30 x 6.27
Publisher: Texas State Historical Assn; (May 2000)
By: David S. Pettus
has illuminated and obscure but imporant figure in Texas history.
William Pitt Ballinger Was one of the most active and imporant men
in Texas legal circles in the mid-ninettenth century. He left a
very significant body of papers both personal and legal which are
housed in three archives in Galveston, Houston and Austin, Texas.
Ballinger practiced a wide range of law but was best known for his
Supreme Count appeals in both the Texas and United States Supreme
Courts and for representing railroads. Ballinger was widely respected
which led him to be designated as the man to obtain pardons for
Confederate officials and soldiers after the Civil War. His life
and papers deserve more attention. Moretta has brought Ballinger
to light after too many years of obscurity. A very important book
in Texas legal and business history."