AAA Editor Notes
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum is on the campus of West Texas A&M University at 2503 Fourth Ave., w. of I-27 on SR 217. The museum presents the cultural, geological and economic history of the region. Major exhibits are dedicated to western heritage, petroleum, paleontology and geology as well as decorative arts, textiles and fine art.
Highlights include a reconstructed pioneer town and the T-Anchor Ranch headquarters, one of the Panhandle's oldest buildings. The People of the Plains exhibit traces 14,000 years of human habitation; Native American artifacts include weavings, pottery, baskets and clothing. The Panhandle Petroleum Story exhibit traces the panhandle’s petroleum history. Windmills, oil rigs, antique vehicles, saddles, guns, textiles and dinosaur skeletons are among the many items on display. The museum's art collection includes works from the Taos and Santa Fe art colonies as well as a permanent gallery for Texan art.