Next time you are looking for a weekend getaway, day trip or a new adventure, head out to Abilene. There are numerous tourist attractions, museums, great eateries and outdoor activities. Today I am highlighting just one of those “must-see” locations.
Frontier Texas, located in downtown Abilene, has several features that make it quite unique. For starters, it is located in the Abilene Visitors Center. There you can find tourist information about many cities, sites and attractions found throughout State. The folks working the desk are a wealth of information, not only about the museum exhibits but local treasures.
This is a western heritage center highlighting the plight of the buffalo and Native Americans in Texas. There are artifacts, artwork, statues and more. But the most unique feature is “Spirit Guides” who walk you through these stories. That is something else that makes this museum unique. They are holograms of people who lived through the Texas frontier. These are people from a variety of demographics, giving their personal stories a prospective from all sides. You get a true picture of the good, the bad and the ugly.
Your tour will begin with an introduction by Buck Taylor. He explains the set up of the museum and the Spirit Guides. There are maps outlining the trails for cattle drives leading from Texas to various States up north and the people who traveled those trails.
Make sure you check out the extensive collection of guns that were used during the Wild West. The museum also includes the military involvement during the frontier times.
This is an interactive museum where you will not leave the same as you came in. Even history buffs will learn something new. It is a great museum for people of all ages.
The is a Little Free Library at the entrance. Bring a book to leave or feel free to take one. The history continues outside the facility with plaques on the lawn and concrete blocks with more Texas facts.
Take advantage of the photo ops in both the front and back of the center. There is a life-size bison in the front and a ginormous longhorn skull in the back.
Before you head out visit the gift shop for a large variety of Texas souvenirs.
Check out their website for special events throughout the year. For more information visit their website of call (325) 437-2800.
625 North 1st Street
Abilene, TX 79601