Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – Two MUST See Museums in Texas


Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – Two MUST See Museums in Texas

Two must see museums that exist are in the vast plains of the Texas Panhandle.  One is the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas.  panhandleplains.org

PPHM

  • Palo Duro Canyon Trip 4.15 2015-04-20 063 (800x600)

It is billed as the Smithsonian of Texas. I agree. Here is a very short walk among a few of the countless exhibits.

First there was the land and the ancients that lived there millions of years ago.

Palo Duro Canyon Trip 4.15 2015-04-20 100 (800x600)Dinasaur (800x600)

But there were people who lived there first.

Palo Duro Canyon Trip 4.15 2015-04-20 131 (800x600)Tale a close look at this beautiful sculpture. You can see my reflection taking the photo graph creating a sort of mask.  I think it is nice that I am reflected in this Native American artwork.

But then other people wanted the land and they came to settle driving off the other people who were there first.  We all know this sad story.

The XIT Wagon (800x600)

The Windmill (800x587)But they harnessed the wind to make the area livable. Change livable to habitable. I do not think I want to live there.

Cars (800x600)

And then people more came.

Oil (800x589)Because those dinosaur relatives in the dinosaur exhibit left fossil fuels – OIL, that is. Black gold. Texas tea.

Some stayed on their way to California and others moved on down Route 66. Who remembers Burma Shave signs?  My mother referred to places to stay along the road as tourist courts.  I doubt she would have stayed in one with a grasshopper  as the symbol.

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The Panhandle-Plains Museum is dedicated to The Pioneers – extraordinary brave people who took risks to live their dreams. Two of three top ten tourist sites in Texas are in Canyon.  I hiked the Palo Duro Canyon walking where ancient creatures, civilizations and cultures walked And I visited The Panhandle-Plains Museum that tells their story.

Then second must see museum is The Frontier Texas in Adeline.  www.frontiertexas.com

This is small, but dynamic, very interactive museum and should be on a Texan’s bucket list.

I did not take many photographs at this museum.  Palo Duro Canyon Trip 4.15 2015-04-22 017 (800x600)

It tells a more detailed, intense story of how the how the people came and lived and died. The holograms telling the story are so life-like you want to reach out and touch them.  The story is told from all who settled, were settled and then resettled again in the country known as the plains of Texas.  There were Native Americans, cowboys, settlers, pioneers, ranchers, business people and all kinds of people. There were men and women of all different colors and genders.

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The story of the destruction and progress of cultures is not pretty, but it marks a point in history and tells all of us who are native Texas who we are and makes of us both proud and ashamed of our country.

OK – it is a state, but it is a state of mind and the state is mine.

Palo Duro Canyon Trip 4.15 2015-04-22 015 (800x599) Seems as though a tooth brush salesman would have made a fortune in the frontier.

God Bless Texas!

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