Brown County Museum of History
- The Brown County Museum of History, Inc., has the
primary role of preserving the tangible evidence of
our heritage and to educate the public through
exhibition and interpretation of artifacts. The museum
is located in the old four story Brown County Jail,
built in 1902, and located at 212 North Broadway
across the street from the Courthouse in downtown
Brownwood. The Museum also has an "Annex"
located just across the street from the jail at 209
North Broadway. There is no entrance fee but donations
are accepted. It is open on Thursday and Friday,
from 10 am until 2 pm; Saturdays from 10 am
until 4 pm.
Blanket Historical Museum
- The Blanket Museum of History was opened on July 29,
2006 to display and preserve the history of Blanket,
Texas. The museum is located at 712 Main in Blanket.
Not only does the museum have many artifacts from
Blanket but it is also a research center for family
histories. There are many books and notebooks with
family histories as well as other resources available
for those who are interested in genealogy or just the
history of the community of Blanket.
The museum is housed in the former Blanket State Bank
building and the former Ernest Allen Drug Store
building. The State Bank building was built in 1901
and following a fire that destroyed the former Drug
Store, that building was reopened in 1928.
Great State of Texas
Historical Transportation Complex - The
Great State of Texas Historical Transportation Complex
is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 4
pm. The Martin and Francis Lehnis Railroad collection,
featured in this complex, is an important beginning
for the Great State of Texas Historical Transportation
Complex that celebrates Brownwood's historic
connection to the railroad. There is also a large
model railroad display inside the museum.
Coming - Our New Museums
Bangs Museum of History - A group of about ten
citizens recently met to organize a museum in Bangs,
TX. The collection will consist of everything
pertaining to the history of Bangs and the surrounding
communities. This collection will include photographs,
artifacts, the lamp factory, schools, business and
The committee is searching for a building in Bangs to
house the collection. Several citizens have
collections they are willing to donate or loan to the
museum. Members of the committee include the Mayor and
City Judge. Including the
collection of David Cole of Bangs.
Camp Bowie Memorial Park and
Future Museum - Camp Bowie was a
military training center during WWII. During the years
of 1940 - 1946 it grew to one of the largest training
centers in Texas, through which a quarter of a million
men passed. In August of 1946 the camp was declared a
"surplus" and closed and the Civilian War
assets Administration began the distribution of the
land and buildings. Today there is a memorial park
located across from the Brownwood Regional Medical
Center that displays machinery and vehicles used
during WWII. A future Memorial Plaza and a museum are
planned for the park.
Gordon Wood Hall
of Champions Museum - The Gordon Wood
Hall of Champions Museum is located on the second
floor of the Harvey House Building of the historic
Brownwood Depot, 600 E. Depot Street, Brownwood,
Texas. Museum Tour hours are Monday through
Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the
Museum is free, but donations are greatly
appreciated. To make arrangements for visits to
the Museum, please contact the Brownwood Area Chamber
of Commerce at (325) 646-9535 or contact the Musem via
e-mail in the "Contact Us" section of their
Rufus F. Hardin Museum - The
Hardin School opened in September, 1917 with three
classrooms and an auditorium. Within a year of 1918,
the school district added a stage in the front of the
auditorium and lights were added throughout the
building. The school was used by the community for
social events or meetings, if they were not of a
religious nature. The school was called Brownwood
Colored High School and went through the 10th grade.
The Class of 1918 was the first to graduate from the
stone building. There were 5 graduates.
In 1934 the school's name was changed to R. F. Hardin
in honor of Professor Hardin who had become ill.
During the 30's, the school campus began to expand and
improvements were made to provide the children with a
better education. In 1947, R. F. Hardin High School
with its 12 grades became a "fully affiliated and
accredited high school." There were 13 graduates.
In 1970 R. F. Hardin High School closed. The real
heritage of the Rufus F. Hardin School lies in its
past and future. Yesterday's students are some of
today's educators, doctors, nurses, lawyers,
scientists, political leaders, etc. The future of the
school is to be preserved as a museum by the Rufus F.
Hardin Museum, Inc.
Not yet open to public.
Information at the Brownwood Area Chamber
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