Texas Plains Trail Region

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


Photo by Rick Vanderpool

Lipscomb may have only 30 or so residents--and often more wild turkeys than people--but it’s still the county seat. Watch for turkeys and people on a stroll past the 1916 Classical Revival-style Lipscomb County Courthouse. In the 1880s town founders platted Lipscomb expecting the railroad to come, but it never did. Instead, ranchers came to Wolf Creek Valley and declared it a cattleman's paradise. Farmers came as well, drilling wells and harnessing prairie wind to pump life-giving water. A windmill stands along Highway 305 outside the Wolf Creek Heritage Museum, where interpretive panels, mementos and a surprising array of historical photos rekindle the pioneer era. Artifacts include the side saddle that 12-year-old Augusta Bell Mugg used during her family’s arduous trek from the Guadalupe Mountains in 1893. Exhibits cover early German-Russian settlers, doctors, schools and local soldiers who fought the nation's wars. Visitors can see works of area artists and a saddle maker at studios in or near Lipscomb.