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Entrance To Bufflao Gap Historic Village

Rt. Old Baggage Depot Of TX Pacific RR At Clyde - Lft....

Inside Buffalo Gap Mercantile - Where You Can Get "Texas" Items &...

Hill House c. 1881 - Home Of Abilene's 1st Marshal

Inside The Hill House c. 1881 - A Western Cottage Organ In...

First Taylor County Courthouse/Jail c. 1879 County Courthouse Until 1883 - Jail...

Interior Of Taylor County Courthouse/Jail c. 1879

Knight/Sayles Cabin c. 1875 - Example Of a "Single Pen Cabin" -...

"Doctor's Office" - Bldg. Was A Residential Home Built On This Site...

Clyde Railroad Depot c. 1910 - The Baggage Depot Half Of Bldg....

A Look Inside The 1910 Clyde Railroad Depot

Replica Of The 1905 Blacksmith Shop In Snyder

Three Beautiful West Texas Landscape Mediums - Crepe Myrtle, Cactus & Mesquite...

"Shave & A Bath Anyone"? - Turn Of The Century Collection Of...

Wagon Barn - Contains Items Related To Agricultural & Domestic Life At...

 

Found In Wagon Barn - 1919 Model T Hack

Replica Building Housing A Collection Of Early 20th Century Printing Equipment And...

Cottonwood Flat School - Two Room Rural Schoolhouse c. 1930

Spotted These Area College "Logos" Painted On White Fence Around The Cottonwood...

Replica Of 1920s Banking Institution - The Famous "Santa Claus Bank Robbery"...

Bourn Texaco Service Station c. 1926 - First Was A Magnolia Oil...

First Freestanding Post Office In Buffalo Gap - c. 1950s

Buffalo Gap's "Sweet Church" - A Nazarene Church - Congregation Formed 1898...

A Last Look Collection Of Sights Around Buffalo Gap Historic Village.............

 

Thought This Sign Board Very Unique For A "History Museum" - Seen...


From Buck Creek RV Park – Abilene, TX

Our history lesson for today was the last fifty years (1875 – 1925) of the Texas frontier. In the small neighboring community of Buffalo Gap a unique collection of historic buildings filled with West Texas artifacts convey a story of this time in history.

Hundreds of years ago large herds of buffalo favored this gap in the Callahan Divide a few miles south of present day Abilene. This gathering of buffalo soon became a favored camping place for native Indians. After the Indians and the buffalo passed into history settlers came to the gap in the 1870s. A new town of Buffalo Gap was born and was the first county seat of Taylor County.

With this distinction a two-story limestone structure combining a courtroom and jail was constructed in 1879. It served as the county courthouse until the county seat was moved to Abilene in 1883. This historic first structure today serves as the cornerstone building in the Buffalo Gap Historic Village.

This open air history museum brings an era of the West Texas Frontier alive with over a dozen original buildings and a multitude of historical artifacts. The village is divided into three time period areas in this 50 year history lesson…………………………. 1880s - 1905 - 1925.

A very informative and relaxing way to learn some Texas history. Visitors take a self-guided tour aided by sound wands with historical information and stories programmed to play at each structure. You can listen to as much or little of the audio as you desire………………..if you like to hear and hang on every word, plan a lengthy visit as there is no shortage to the history you can hear. On this hot West Texas day we opted for the “cliff notes” version. No matter we found it very interesting and glad we included it on our “to do” list of attractions in the Abilene area.

Till Later………………….



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