The US city of Eastland is located in Eastland County in the state of Texas. Its population according to the 2010 census was 3,960. It serves as Eastland County’s county seat. In the 1920s, Eastland was a petroleum boom town. Eastland is best known for the “Old Rip” legend. Old Rip was a horned toad that is believed to have lived many years sealed in an Eastland courthouse built in 1897. The 1921 recession worsened racial tensions between Mexicans and Anglos. The increased unemployment saw whites attempt to oust Mexicans hired during the First World War boom. Masked men would ravage shacks that served as living quarters for Mexicans. The whites would threaten Mexicans’ lives. Out of fear, the Mexicans would flee to Fort Worth for help from the Mexican Consulate.
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