A 300-Year-Old Oak That Marked a Dangerous Frontier Trail
The Halfway Oak is located on the east side of Highway 183, about 12 miles north of Cisco and 12 miles south of Breckenridge, which explains how the tree got its name.
During the 1850s, the stage coach was the primary method of transportation for settlers, but it also served to move freight, supplies and mail across the western frontier. Comanche Indians often harassed and attacked the stage coach on this route in an effort to stop the westward expansion of the settlers.
In fact, many of the trips ended in destruction and death. Embers and ashes were often the only remnants left behind to explain why the coach never reached the final destination.
The trail between Cisco and Breckenridge was a long, dangerous and dry trip. The Halfway Oak was the only stopping point for the passengers and crew to rest under the shade provided by its massive canopy.
Preserving a Legend
The tree, which is estimated to be over 300 years old, was supposed to be cut down in the early 1970s in order to widen Highway 183, but the local citizens encouraged the highway department to move the route to the west. They ensured that this magnificent live oak tree was not destroyed.
Today, the Halfway Oak is in a state of decline, but arborists have added concrete structures to support the sprawling trunks that extend parallel with the ground in all directions. It is still a welcome spot for travelers to stop and rest when traveling through Stephens County. We hope it will live on for decades to come.
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