The Texas Plains Trail Region, which held its organizational meetings more than a decade ago at the Swisher County Museum and came into existence there in Sept. 2003, is returning to the site Thurs., Mar. 14, 2013, to kick off a year-long regional celebration of its tenth anniversary.
A meeting of the board of directors will take place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Tulia Depot, at the intersection of Hwy. 87 and the south end of Broadway. Lunch will follow at the Swisher County Memorial Building, along with a kickoff ceremony featuring greetings from Tulia resident and former board member Lana Barnett and a proclamation of “Texas Plains Trail Region Day” by Tulia mayor Ross James.
“We’re tremendously pleased that Tulia is rolling out the red carpet for the Plains Trail Region on this occasion,” said Barbara Brannon, executive director of the Texas Plains Trail Region. “We’ll be able to look back on the amazing work this organization has done in bringing visitors to appreciate our region’s unique heritage and culture.”
Guests are invited afterward to visit the Swisher County Museum, the Tulia depot buildings, the Quanah Parker Trail sites, and the Kenneth Wyatt Galleries. A map to all sites will be provided. The meeting, ceremony, and tours are free and open to the public. Reservations are requested for lunch, at a cost of $10 per person, by calling Sally Murrell, board representative for Swisher and Briscoe County, at 806-995-2819 Tues.–Thurs. or 806-995-2661.
The Texas Plains Heritage Trail represents 52 counties and 50,000 square miles of the Texas Panhandle and Plains, promoting economic development and historic preservation through heritage tourism. Revived in the 1990s from a driving trail first introduced in 1968 by then Gov. John Connally, the ten Texas Heritage Trails statewide partner with hundreds of museums, historic sites, and organizations and undertake training, education and communications to empower volunteers and encourage visitors.
The TPTR, a nonprofit organization governed by a 25-member board of directors, has also moved its offices from Vega to Lubbock as of Jan. 1, 2013. For more information contact executive director Barbara Brannon at info@TexasPlainsTrail.com.