Texas Plains Trail Region

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Gail: Borden County Heritage Day

June 10, 2016 - 7:00pm to June 11, 2016 - 11:45pm
Dorward Drug Store (1907), Gail

Borden County is celebrating its 125th anniversary on June 11, 2016, in downtown Gail and at the Borden County Event Center. A variety of activities are planned.

One event is scheduled for Friday night, June 10, to kickoff our celebration. It will be a baseball game based on 1890 rules at the high school baseball field. Popcorn, peanuts and lemonade will be the offering from the concession stand operated by the Borden County 4-H Club.

Saturday activities will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a blessing of the Quanah Parker arrow by Bruce Parker, great-grandson of Quanah. The arrow is located on the west end of Gail.

At 10:00 a.m. the museum and living historians will be ready to transport you to another time. Fort Concho Cavalry and artillery will be on hand for visitors to view 1870 style uniforms, campsite and horsemanship skills. The cannons will be fired several times during the day. Greg Bodin will portray a military Indian scout. His wife, Toni, will be demonstrating Viking stick weaving and how to sew on a treadle machine.

Longhorns from the official State of Texas herd will be present. Traylor Livery from Sonora characterizes the supplies and animals our pioneer ancestors brought with them as they moved west to settle new lands. Timothy Phillips with Taylor County Forge is a blacksmith and will demonstrate the art of working with metal. He offers his services for a small fee in case you have an old tool that needs repair. Pioneer style games for children are set for the courthouse lawn.

The Cocklebur Camp of Sam Howell is scheduled to appear at the Event Center. Sam travels the country competing in chuck wagon cook offs. He is the grandson of a pioneer, H. B. Howell, from Lynn County. Inside the event center are booths that will be selling custom made metal signs, jewelry, clothing, books, nutrition products and furniture. H. V. Chapman, a bookbinding company from Abilene, can answer your questions about repairs to family book treasures or how to go about publishing your family history. Local museums from Garza, Scurry and Dawson counties will be available to discuss their county’s significance in the settlement of the region. The Texas Plains Trail will showcase the 52 county region and all the sites to see on excursions around the historic areas.

The activities room at the event center will be set up for historical presentations. Dallas Ward, a Texas Tech graduate student’s topic is “ Heritage Investigation in Borden and Garza Counties”. Tai Kreidler of the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech, will speak about the Comanches that roamed our area for hundreds of years. Shirley Bennett and Lisa Mahler will discuss what courthouses and museums can offer family historians and will share some of the amusing and not so amusing early court cases. The last presentation will involve a panel of storytellers from the county to tell tales about citizens, places and events.

Make sure to visit the museum to view the extensive collection of pioneer items and to view the photos of Gail when it was a large town with businesses all around the courthouse square. The museum will offer for sale t-shirts, brass tree ornaments, the 1976 history book and a special reprint of the 1976 cookbook.

Also plan to visit the historic 1896 jail, Dorward Drug, and the Rock Station all located on the courthouse square. Vintage tractors and Kyle Kirkpatrick’s chuck wagon are scheduled to be on hand on the square.

Once you park your car at either location a shuttle bus will be provided to transport guests.  A program and map can be picked up at the museum or at the information desk located in the event center.

Topping off the celebration will be a dance at the event center featuring Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. Entry into the dance will be $10 per person, $15 per couple and children under 12 are free. The dance is non-smoking and non-alcoholic.

Area cafes and food vendors will provide food and refreshment all day. Pack your sunscreen, umbrella and lawn chair just in case you need those items during the day. Places for visiting will be set aside downtown and at the event center.

For updates and schedules, go to Facebook and “like” Borden County Museum or contact Lisa at


  • FM 669 and Hwy 180
  • FM 669 and Hwy 180
  • Gail, Texas
  • 79738



  • Free

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