Located at the intersection of Loop 466 and State Highway 163, Ozona's Historic Town Square provides a place to relax, shop or enjoy a peaceful afternoon. Surrounded by beautifully preserved buildings and historical markers, visitors and residents can browse through local shops, stop for a snack or picnic, learn about the area history, or spend time watching the towering pecan branches sway in the West Texas breezes.
Established in 1891, the Crockett County founding fathers met under the Commissioner's Oak located across from the northeast corner of the Square. One of their initial votes placed the first water well in Ozona under the protection of the sheriff. This well, drilled and donated for public use on the site north of the present day Courthouse, drew early settlers from all over the region. Next to the well, the Square became a place to park wagons and camp during social events. With great foresight, these early community leaders also planted the now stately pecan trees which continue to provide shade and a meeting place for festivals, concerts, dances and many other activities.
The Tie That Binds sculpture, by artist Judy Black, stands in the Square's center honoring the pioneers who looked westward and settled the land. On the south end is the Davy Crockett Monument recognizing the famous hero of the battle of the Alamo, whose motto was "Be sure you are right, then go ahead". The Crockett County Museum is located across from the Square to the east, along with the Crockett County Courthouse designed by the renowned architect, Oscar Ruffini. Justice for both Crockett County and U.S. District 112 is still served today in this beautifully restored courthouse.
Check the Community Calendar at www.Ozona.com/EventsCalendar for upcoming activities and celebrations.
For an extra bit of fun, use the History on the Square Downtown Walking Tour as your guide for an hour and learn more about Crockett County in years long past. Stop by the Ozona Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center to pick up a copy of the tour, or open and print your own copy of the tour at www.Ozona.com/Games
Whether you are looking for gifts, history or just a place to sit a while, Ozona is a great place to "Hang Your Hat in History!"
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