Texas Forts Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Eastland: Eastland County Courthouse

Old Rip

Eastland made national news in 1928 when the current Art Decostyle courthouse replaced the town’s 1897 courthouse. The old structure’s cornerstone was opened and, according to witnesses, inside lay a Texas horned toad, supposedly still alive after a 31-year slumber. Dubbed Old Rip, the toad died after a nationwide tour and was enshrined in a glass-top casket, still on view at the courthouse.


  • 100 W Main
  • Eastland, Texas
  • 76484


  • Phone: 254-629-1583

Hours & Fees

  • Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Free