Don Freeman Memorial Museum, 325-869-2211, next to City Hall, Sat-Sun only. The museum tracks Concho County development from the frontier to the present. Learn about the distinguished career of Eden native General Ira C. Eaker, who commanded the U.S. Army’s Eighth Air Force bombing campaign against Germany in World War II and is credited with inventing navigational devices and piloted the first transcontinental flight solely dependent on aerial refueling. Also see stories of the cattle and sheep industries that form the backbone of Eden’s heritage, and artifacts related to the area’s Native American history. The Earnest and Dorothy Barrow Foundation Museum, 325-469-3361, Eola, (centrally located between Eola, Eden and Paint Rock), open Thurs-Sun. The museum began with memorabilia collected by local ranchers and world travelers, the Barrows, and subsequently expanded by other donors. Diverse artifacts span from prehistoric times to the early 20th century.
Mills County Museum, 1119 Fisher St., 325-648-6212, history of yester year, railroad artifacts, Native American artifacts, large arrowhead collections, antiques and more Old Mills County Jail & Law Enforcement Museum, 1001 Fisher St, 325-648-3619, collections housed at the Mills County Museum Texas Botanical Gardens & Native American Interpretative Center, Legacy Plaza, 1203 Fisher St., 325-648-3500, a cultural and educational center in the heart of Texas honoring and celebrating early Native American history and life and highlighting their dependence on the region’s native plants and waterways
Hamilton County Historical Society Museum, 113 W. Henry, next to the old jail building, open to the public on Sat. 1-4PM or by appointment call 254-386-5152 or 254386-5859, houses a collection of articles of historical significance to Hamilton County. Included in the collection are Indian artifacts, period clothing, World War II pictures, documents and memorabilia. Website: www.hamiltoncountymuseum.com Ramsey Collection, visit one of the three art galleries located in Historic Downtown Hamilton. From Picasso to Francisco de Goya, this is a collection of Old Masters, American Masters, European painters, and Modernists housed in a renovated twostory limestone building facing the Courthouse. 101 E. Main St., open by appointment, 254-386-3168 or 254-386-3844.
Rath’s Trail Headquarters Museum/Hamlin Archives, 245 S. Central Avenue, 325576-3501, Hours Mon-Fri 9 a.m. -12, Thurs 9 a.m. -12 & 1 - 3 p.m., houses a small exhibit displaying artifacts from Rath City, local historical documents, photographs and Hamlin newspaper microfilm for research.
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