Plains Historical Museum|
Photo courtesy Eleanor Powers Beebe, 2008
Historical Society Museum
The Panhandle Plains Museumís website doesnít mention their beginnings as a Centennial
Museum; however, in 1932 the State of Texas matched $25,000 of private funds to
construct the original unit.
Construction of Pioneer Hall began in 1932.
Finished in Texas limestone, the original structure features fine decorative stonework
and carvings depicting western themes and Panhandle fauna in its facade. More
than 100 famous West Texas cattle
brands surround the entrance. When the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (PPHM)
opened its doors in 1933, it was a 12,500 square foot building.
that time the museum has become the largest history museum in Texas
with more than 285,000 square feet.
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Photo courtesy Panhandle Plains Museum, 2008
Photo courtesy John J. Glenn, Crowolf Design, 2008
Plains Historical Museum today|
Photo courtesy John J. Glenn, Crowolf Design,
Plains Historical Museum in the 1930s|
From "Monuments Commemorating the Centenary
of Texas Independence", State of Texas, 1938
From "Monuments Commemorating the Centenary of Texas Independence",
State of Texas, 1938