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Virtual Sports Café Highlights TA Hillsboro, Texas

By on March 1, 2016
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Hillsboro2 Y’all know that deep in the heart of Texas everything is bigger and better. That’s certainly true for the newest TA Travel Center set on a huge 78-acre site where I-35 meets SH77 at Exit 370 in Hillsboro. The new facility opened its doors on January 20. You won’t want to miss an exciting, first-ever Ranger’s Virtual Sports Café with virtual gun and golf ranges, plus delicious food and beverage service.

Open 24/7/365, this beautiful TA Travel Center has a modern, spacious design that offers a wide array of conveniences to make your stay as fun-filled, comfortable and relaxing as possible. Friendly staff members at the new TA Hillsboro refer to the center as a “Five-Star Hotel—without the beds,” and it really lives up to that billing with everything a professional driver could want or need, whether stopping to refuel or spending the night.

TravelCenters staff and Hillsboro City officials worked closely to ensure that this new facility delivers a positive impact on the economic development of Hillsboro and Hill County, as well as providing professional drivers and local customers with the finest in travel center amenities, entertainment and customer service including:

  • A 180-seat, state-of-the-art Country Pride® full-service restaurant with a buffet and StayFit® menu options
  • A 5,600 sq. ft. Minit Mart® convenience store stocked with driver merchandise, beverages, World Blends® Coffee, and fresh Good2Go food items for the health conscious, including better-for-you snack choices
  • A 56-seat Burger King® quick-service restaurant
  • Ten driver showers operated by a fully automated reservation system, also accessible through the TA-Petro TruckSmart® mobile app
  • A FREE StayFit® fitness room (free to UltraONE® Club members)
  • A laundry facility with machines that accept credit/debit cards and send the user a text message when the cycle is finished
  • The relaxing environment of the professional drivers’ lounge
  • Wi-Fi, ATM, check cashing, cash advance, and Western Union® services
  • 201 angled and generously sized truck parking spaces for easy access including Reserve-It™ Parking
  • Eight diesel lanes, all equipped to pump bulk DEF, and 16 Shell-branded gasoline fueling points
  • A totally equipped, five-bay TA Service Center and RoadSquad™ emergency roadside service, available 24/7/365, and much more

Next time your travels bring you to the Hillsboro, Texas area, be sure to check out TA’s newest location. Plan to stay awhile and enjoy its many new amenities including the Virtual Sports Café.

TA Hillsboro, Texas

Where: I-35, Exit 370
Phone: 254.283.6556
Fax: 254.283.6968
Truck Parking Spaces: 201
Reserve-It! Parking: Yes
Private Showers: 10
Truck Service Bays: 5
Diesel Refueling Lanes: 8
Restaurants: Country Pride, Burger King
Special Attraction: Ranger’s Virtual Sports Cafe

Historic Hillsboro

A quiet little town that may remind you of Mayberry, Hillsboro holds an astounding treasure trove of historical buildings and artifacts unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Founded in 1853 as the county seat of Hill County, Hillsboro was a rough and dangerous place. When Fort Graham was constructed along the Brazos River, on the western border of Hill County, settlement and survival became possible in the midst of hostile Indian territory. And in 1881, railroads like the Missouri, Kansas & Texas (MKT) arrived, enabling farmers to ship their cotton and other crops to market.

History Abounds

You might want to begin your journey into the past at the remarkable Hill County Courthouse, an impressive limestone structure erected in 1874 and topped by a 70-foot tall clock tower. Gutted by fire in 1993, the courthouse including its magnificent interior was totally restored with funds raised in part by Hill County native Willie Nelson.

In downtown Hillsboro, it’s a short walk to the amazing Roadside America Museum. The 100-year-old Ford dealership has been beautifully renovated and now houses a jaw-dropping collection of 40’s and 50’s advertising memorabilia, classic cars and nostalgic Americana. The original MKT railroad depot serves as the Chamber of Commerce headquarters.

Clyde Barrow’s Brief Home

Today’s Hill County Cell Block Museum served as the Hill County Jail and sheriff’s residence from 1893 until the early 1980’s. This extremely interesting museum, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, is jam-packed with original furnishings, photographs and clothing, plus an original cast-iron cell and historic collections including one of the largest displays of Indian arrowheads in existence. In the 1930’s, until his escape, this jail briefly held Clyde Barrow, the famous outlaw upon which the 1967 Academy Award winning movie Bonnie and Clyde is based.

These are only some of the highlights. Many other attractions will make your visit to Hillsboro truly memorable. It’s well worth your time going out of your way to see this blast from the past.

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