Texas Midwest 2022 Visitors Guide

Page 106

Museums W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas, 65258 IH 20 in Mingus, 254-9681886, the Gordon Center offers a glimpse into another time and place. Hear stories about life in Thurber from the residents themselves. Examine informative exhibits featuring historic photos and fascinating artifacts. Watch motion film of Thurber residents at work and play. Stroll past reconstructions of the mercantile store, the livery stable, the town bandstand, the 655-seat opera house, and the Snake Saloon, which boasted one of the largest horseshoe-shaped bars in the country. Find out what happened when the discovery of oil disturbed the delicate balance between company and community.

SWEETWATER

National WASP WWII Museum, 210 Loop 170, (4 miles west of downtown), Wed - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m., showcases history though state-of-the-art educational experiences, features eyewitness accounts of the WASP courage, service and sacrifice, worldwide reunion and classic airplane fly-in commemorates the WASP each Memorial Day weekend Pioneer Museum, 610 E. 3rd, 325-235-8547, Tues-Sat 1 - 5 p.m., WASP exhibit, restored 1906 home of the late Judge & Mrs. R.A. Ragland, original furnishings, dinosaur relics found in the area, antique vehicles. On display you will find the works of S.D. Myers, who in 1914 made a saddle for the JC Miller 101 Wild West Shows. The saddle was valued at $10,000.00 in 1914.

TYE

Julian Morgan Museum, South St. and Morgan, open by appointment 325-6928588, artifacts and history of Tye, monument to Camp Barkley, old stagecoach from Indian Creek Ranch and old fire engine for Tye.

WINTERS

Z.I. Hale Museum, 242 W. Dale, 325-754-2036, Sat 1 - 5 p.m., local history, agricultural exhibit, restored Rock Hotel, Rogers Hornsby Exhibit, restored Blue Gap Post Office, log cabin built in 1878 Rock Hotel Heritage Center, next door to the Z.I. Hale Museum, built in 1909, houses several exhibits on 2nd floor including the Rogers Hornsby Exhibit of Baseball Hall-of-Famer Rogers Hornsby who was born in Winters in 1896, meeting rooms on the first floor Gus Pruser Agricultural Exhibit, across from the Z.I. Hale Museum, named for the farmer, builder and inventor who constructed the building in 1927, Pruser built the first patented cotton picker in the U.S. in 1912, this horse-drawn implement is displayed in the exhibit along with Pruser’s home-made truck, restored tractors, a horse-drawn hearse, a covered wagon and many farm and ranch items from early-day Winters.

104

Texas Midwest Community Network