By Gerald E. McLeod
The Texas Panhandle is a big place, and it takes the largest history museum in the state to tell its story.
Like a time machine, the
The museum is “the Smithsonian of Texas,” says executive director Guy C. Vanderpool. “Within these walls you can go from prehistoric crustaceans to 20th-Century art in a short walk.”
A visit through the galleries combines trekking along a timeline developed over thousands of years and rummaging through an attic of treasures. The museum connects the people of the plains to their tools and toys-starting with the dinosaurs and proceeding to the 19th Century, when barbed wire, the windmill, and the railroad conspired to change the landscape of what was then a sea of grass. Some believe that Spanish conquistadors called the vast, treeless prairie the
From the November 2007 issue.