Texas Plains Trail Region

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

Hale Center

Texas has led the nation in cotton production nearly every year since 1880. The Hale County Farm and Ranch Museum preserves cotton farming and other agricultural farm implements, including an 1897 steam engine that pulled large plows, a 1920 Waterloo Boy kerosene tractor and a local inventor’s grain drill that revolutionized agricultural practices. The museum recalls railroad heritage in a restored 1911 Santa Fe Depot and pre-Depression family life in the 1907 William Pinkerton house. Many buildings in downtown Hale Center feature historical murals depicting farmers at work, Native Americans hunting buffalo, Coronado’s expedition and homesteaders in covered wagons.