Cleburne, Texas Attractions
Splash Station- located at Hulen Park, is the city’s premier aquatic venue. The zero entry leisure pool, surrounded by lounging chairs and shaded tree decks, highlights an interactive spray pad, spectacular water spray feature, a whirling vortex and two 120’ ft winding slides. The 8 lane, 25 yard competition pools is open year round. For more information call 817-556-6259. 901 Hillsboro Street
Steam Engine 3417- Cleburne was the heart of the Santa Fe railroad for more than a century. See a piece of that historic past by visiting Steam Engine 3417 located at Hulen Park. The engine, now on permanent display at the park, went on the line in 1919 and was retired in 1954. Plans for a railroad museum next to the Cleburne intermodal station are in the works. 901 Hillsboro Street.
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Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum- When entering Cleburne from the west on State Highway 67 you witness the past brought back to life. The Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum is on the northwest bank of Lake Pat Cleburne and is fast becoming the premier tourist attraction in this area. The museum actually sits where the famous Chisholm Trail went through this area taking millions of cattle to the cattle shipping terminals to the north. As you enter the outdoor museum you are greeted by Indian tepees and the largest life size silhouette cattle drive in the world. Also on the grounds is the oldest log Courthouse in Texas. This historic old building, built in 1854, has been restored and is back in the place of its origin at Wardville, the first county seat of Johnson County. It is flanked by an old windmill to the south, a newly completed replica of a circa 1870’s jail and a restored stagecoach under the portico of the new stagecoach welcome center to the north. (Stage used in several John Wayne movies) The Robinson and Roe stone pavilion is available for family or corporate outings. Also on the museum grounds is the restored old Wardville Cemetery where William and Permilla O'Neal were buried in the mid 1800's, a restored mule barn used to house mules for use by the Johnson Stage Lines that ran from Cleburne to Fort Worth in the mid 1800’s and a replica of a blacksmith shop of that era . The most visible attraction from the highway is the 80 foot stone wall with the words WELCOME TO CLEBURNE * ON THE CHISHOLM TRAIL. It features nine life size silhouettes of Chisholm Trail riders and Longhorn steers. Future attractions at the site will include a Trading Post, School and Church. This is a project of Johnson County Heritage Foundation. Call 817-648-1486 for more information. www.jchfi.org
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center- Located in Glen Rose, this 1800 acre conservation facility features a 9.5 mile scenic drive though thousands of wild animals from across 3 continents. For more information call 254-897-2960 or visit www.fossilrim.org
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Historic Home Driving Tour- Cleburne offers a wide array of architecture in the homes of the city ranging from Victorian, Arts & Crafts to Bungalow. The Historic Homes in Cleburne endure as a reminder of the architecture, grace and craftsmanship of a period when things were hard to come by and homes were built to last. These timeless treasures embrace visitors with a taste of Cleburne’s history that is a living and valuable part of the city’s future. For listing and map please call the Chamber at 817-645-2455. www.soc-cleburne.com
Whistle Stop Christmas in the Park- This annual holiday event ends the year with a dazzling light display in Hulen Park of over 31/2 million lights covering the entire park. The lights are turned on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and continue every evening until the end of December. As part of the season’s activities there is a Christmas parade through downtown Cleburne, pictures with Santa, the annual Candlewalk Tour of Historic Cleburne Homes, Christmas choirs caroling and live performances of holiday favorites will be of presented by both the Greater Cleburne Carnegie Players at the Cleburne Conference Center Performing Arts Center as well as the Plaza Theatre Company. For more information call the Chamber at 817-645-2455. www.whistlestopchristmas.org
Cleburne’s Historic Outdoor Mural- Located between Caddo Street and Main Street one block south of the Johnson County Court House, this 216 ft. long mural was designed and hand painted over a three year period by well known local artist Stylle Reed. The mural depicts the history of Cleburne and the Cross Timbers region of Texas from when the Spanish explorer Luis De Moscoso first scouted this area in 1542 through the fledgling beginnings of Johnson County in 1854, to the exciting and adventurous days of the Chisholm Trail, the expansion of the Santa Fe Railroad into Cleburne and its influence on city, right into the 20th century when the Cleburne Motor Company produced the Chaparral, one of the first automobiles manufactured in Texas and “Slats” Rogers built the first airplane in Texas here in Cleburne. A brochure is available at the chamber giving information on the different scenes shown throughout the mural.