According to records, in 1897 a Texas horned lizard was sealed in the cornerstone of the Eastland courthouse. In 1928, a new courthouse was erected, the prior cornerstone was opened, and the horned toad was found alive. The small animal received great publicity and was displayed nationally. When...
This museum honors the 12th Armored Division that served during World War II. Based out of Camp Barkeley near Abilene, the "Hellcats" fought in Europe and occupied Japan. It includes a historical collection and serves as a teaching museum for the study of World War II. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sa...
The old jail served as the detention center until 1973. It now houses the original cells and a never-used gallows, in addition to the sheriff's living quarters. Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fri. and 1-4 p.m. Sat. Admission charge. 116 N. Graham.
This wooded oasis on the banks of Elm Creek, adjacent to Lake Abilene, features a historic water tower and observation deck overlooking the swimming pool. Fishing, hiking, boating and picnicking are available. Admission charge. About 16 miles southwest of Abilene, through Buffalo Gap, off of FM...
One of the first art centers in the Southwest is in the Learning Resources Center on the Wayland Baptist University campus. Rotating exhibits. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 2-5 p.m. Sat. Closed on days the center is closed. 1900 W. Seventh. www.wbu.edu/student_life/malouf_abraham_family_arts_...
The museum features a collection of antique farm equipment. Exhibits include a Caterpillar combine used in the 1930s, horse-drawn equipment, early tractors and a vintage windmill. Signs offer a self-guided tour. Open dawn-dusk daily. On East Old Route 66.
Mementos of early settlers of Texas Panhandle and McLean include rooms furnished in pioneer style, community history, and records of the World War II German prisoner-of-war camp. Open Mar.-Dec. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Fri. 117 N. Main St.
Prehistoric people needed good raw material for tools and weapons, and Alibates Flint was some of the finest. This is the only National Monument in Texas. It can only be viewed by ranger-led guided tours. Tours are by reservation only and scheduled ahead a few days in advance is best. Thirty mil...
Features outdoor and indoor exhibitions, plus demonstration gardens. The Mary Bivins Tropical Conservatory glass pyramid houses tropical flora and fauna. Concerts on Thursday nights from June-August. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. Closed on holidays and Saturdays in the winter. Admission charge. 14...
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