Some of the history of Brownwood will be on exhibit Thursday night as Downtown Brownwood Inc. continues its holiday tradition of opening historic sites to the public.
Two of the oldest businesses in town, Weakley-Watson and the Brownwood Bulletin, are included on the Past, Present and Future tour, along with the Lyric Theatre and the R.B. Rogers house at 707 Center Ave.
A limited number of tickets at $5 each were available Wednesday at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce office and KOXE. Buses provided by City and Rural Rides will leave at 5:30 p.m. from the Depot Civic and Cultural Center parking lot. Participants may also use their own transportation.
Weakley-Watson has been in business here since 1876, and its location at Fisk and East Baker, now specializing in sporting goods, has been open for much of that time. The Bulletin, which opened as a weekly newspaper in the 1880s and began a daily operation in 1900, has been in its third and current location at 700 Carnegie since 1971.
The Lyric Theatre, now undergoing a restoration as its centennial nears in 2014, will soon again be a focal point for fine entertainment. And the Rogers Home, constructed in 1904-05, is also in the midst of a complete remodel.