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Texas Plains Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Panhandle: Carson County Square House Museum


Built in the 1880s, the historic Square House, built in 1887 by the N Bar N Ranch, using lumber hauled by oxcart from Kansa, is just a part of the twenty-one buildings, galleries, outdoor diorama, and outdoor artifacts that make up the Square House Museum complex in Panhandle. Exhibits and a full-sized diorama tell the story of the Texas Panhandle and its people, from mammoth hunters over 12,000 years ago to the oil boom of the 1920s. The museum also houses a wildlife gallery and two art galleries.

Other structures at the complex include the 1912 Conway Community Church, a 1928 Santa Fe caboose, and reconstructions of a windmill and a half-dugout. Concise case exhibits showcase the region’s cultural history, natural history, and art. Step back in time inside the commerce building, where a recreated depot, store, bank, dental office, print shop, and blacksmith shop rekindle life of a century ago. Habitat dioramas display a wide range of local wildlife. Farm and ranch exhibits include a chuckwagon, a buggy, and a tack room inside a replica bunkhouse. Other buildings offer quilts, historic photos, and galleries of local and traveling artworks.


Location

  • 500 Elsie Street
  • Panhandle, Texas
  • 79068

Contact

Hours & Fees

  • Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Days

  • Free


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Photo Gallery

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  • Caron County Square House Museum (photo by Barbara Brannon)