The Texas Heritage Trails have been guiding the way across the state with our distinctive blue-and-white signs since 1968. Nothing has changed. We are here to help navigate these trying times for communities and travelers alike.
While travel is not advisable under current conditions, we will maintain and improve our programs in order to serve you even better when restrictions are lifted.
In response to COVID-19, the 10 Texas Heritage Trails want to provide a message of support to travelers and our partners. A new website has been launched with our message and contact information should you need assistance. (This website will also be used in the future for major projects the trails participate in.) www.texasheritagetrails.org
In addition, many of our attractions are offering online and digital learning opportunities while they are closed during this time. Partner learning portals can be found on the websites of some of the state’s most popular history and culture museums.
• Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. Features different activities and learning opportunities featured on Facebook, at #PPHMathome
• National Ranching Heritage Center. Readings of Hank the Cowdog on their Facebook page. You can also access their app by searching NRHC in your app store to view the buildings exhibits and play games.
• Amarillo Museum of Art. Hosting the #AMoAArtChallenge each Monday morning on website and social media. Create your version and share online.
• Amarillo CVC. Visit their website to see outdoor adventures you can take and also see a 360 tour of the locations if you prefer to visit from the comfort of your home.
• Visit Lubbock. Experinece Lubbock at home with this comprehensive list of virtual experiences in the Hub City.
• Museum of Texas Tech University. Visit their Facebook for a special edition of “Come and See.” The Come and See programs at the Museum of Texas Tech University offer a look into the massive closet that is the museum’s Clothing and Textile collection. The collection totals more than 33,000 items.
• Bayer Museum of Agriculture. Visit their Facebook for a reading of “Right This Very Minute” for a glimpse into the daily work of farmers and ranchers.
• American Quarter Horse Museum. Educational Resources online and new activities coming weekly via Facebook.
• Buddy Holly Center. The Center is hosting several virtual challenges on Facebook such as a Monday madness quiz, a Buddy Holly song crossword, and a karaoke video challenge every Friday.
• Lubbock Lake Landmark. Sharing sights of spring on Facebook with a do-at-home spring break activity for children.
• Buffalo Soliders Program - Texas Parks and Wildlife. Join Pvt. Mack on Facebook Live as he rides through history with you on a new digital trail. Learn how the Buffalo Soldiers received their storied name and what life was like on the frontier for these men. Pvt. Mack will also talk about the USCT who paved the way for the famed Buffalo Soldiers.
• The Citadell Art Foundation. Hosting a Chalk the Walk Canadian and featuring photos of the artwork on Facebook.
• Pampa Sculpture Tour. If you are local, take a drive around Pampa to see more than a dozen pieces of outdoor art scattered around the community. You can also enjoy the brochure and save it for your next trip to our region!
Events and more
Events. Many events in the region have been cancelled or postponed due to current circumstances and state guidelines. As events begin again and dates are revised, the Plains Trail Region will be helping spread the word. Keep an eye out for these updates. Should you be wondering about a specific event in the meantime, please check the events’ or communities’ Facebook or website. The Texas Plains Trail Region is happy to assist if you need further information.
Quanah Parker Trail. While travel is not advised, we do understand you may need to go for a drive to get some fresh air. If you are in or near a community that is home to an arrow marker on the trail, feel free to pass by and see the artwork of the arrows and read about the Quanah Parker Trail. www.quanahparkertrail.com
Travelhost West Texas. View the Visitor and Museum edition featuring the Forts, Pecos and Plains Trail region and plan for your future adventure!
In light of the many students and families now working and learning from home, the Texas Historical Commission launched a comprehensive online learning portal, “Texas History at Home.” www.thc.texas.gov/historyathome
Resources for students and families
• Learning Resources webpage. A repository of lesson plans and activities for students focused on our state historic sites and topics such as archeology, cemeteries, historical markers, and military history.
• Texas Historical Commission YouTube Channel. Featuring scores of educational videos for more in-depth looks at the real stories behind Texas history. Learn about the Vaqueros of South Texas, Speaking German Texan, the Official Longhorn Herd of Texas, and much more.
• Texas Time Travel Mobile Tours and Texas Travel Guides. Engage with immersive audio tours, watch short documentary videos, view photo galleries of historic images, explore maps, and access visitor information to plan a future trip. Themes include the Texas Revolution, Chisholm Trail, World Wars I and II, African Americans in Texas, Hispanic Texans, and German Texans.
• Texas Historic Sites Atlas. Database featuring more than 300,000 site records, including information on official Texas historical markers and National Register of Historic Places properties in Texas. Also included are cemeteries, courthouses and museums across the state. Search by keyword, county, address, historic designation or site name to get instant access to detailed descriptions, historic photographs and interactive maps.
• Real Places, Real Stories Blog. A full library of posts where readers can experience Texas history. Hop on board the tall ship “Elissa” in Galveston, take a tour of historic downtown Brownsville, or discover underwater boat wrecks off the South Texas coast.
• THC State Historic Sites. The THC preserves and operates 31 historic sites across the Lone Star State. From American Indian sites to frontier forts to common and elegant homes and the leaders and statesmen who lived in them, these sites enrich peoples’ lives through history. Explore online educational resources.
If your organization is doing a virtual experience, please reach out and we will be happy to add you to our list. We can be reached anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until we travel again,