Texas Midwest 2022 Visitors Guide

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Paramount Theatre

352 Cypress St., 325-676-9620, on the National Register of Historic Places and an Abilene Historic Landmark. Inside you will find slow drifting clouds and twinkling stars on a velvet blue sky, neon and incandescent cove lighting alter the brightness and coloring of the sky beyond the archways and bell towers with their twin domed turrets. The fully restored 1930s theatre features concerts, live theater and touring showings as well as classic films, art house and special event films. Free self-guided tours are available from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. on weekdays. paramount-abilene.org

HISTORIC SITES Taylor County History Center

133 North William St, Buffalo Gap 14 miles south of Abilene, 325-572-3365, summer hours: Memorial Day to Labor Day: Tues.-Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. noon - 5 p.m.; winter hours: Tues.-Sat. 10a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Admission: $7 adults, $6 military and 65+; $4 students K-12 and college students with ID & free for ages 5 and younger. 21 buildings from the founding of this area filled with artifacts, collection of firearms and Indian artifacts, interactive audio tours and guide books, a gallery with historic maps and a gift shop. taylorcountyhistorycenter.org

Fort Phantom Hill

Open daily dawn to dusk, free, built in 1851 Fort Phantom Hill is one of a series of army posts erected to protect settlements from Indians, housed 5 companies of infantry, and became an overnight stop on the Overland Mail Route following the Butterfield Trail. Today three buildings and over a dozen chimneys are the only remains of the fort. Directions: drive north 11 miles from I-20 on FM 600 or follow the Texas Forts Trail route on FM 2833. fortphantom.org or texasfortstrail.com

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