Frontier Texas is a history museum, gift shop and the official visitor center for Abilene and the Texas Forts Trail Region. Now Showing "Blood & Treasure on the Frontier"

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The VISITOR CENTER will remain OPEN only to assist travelers Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm. We have regularly sanitized public restrooms available. Highway maps and other information can be delivered to your vehicle in our parking lot upon request by calling 325-437-2800.

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This month in Texas history

Date: April 12, 1879

On this day, Wheeler County became the first organized county in the Texas Panhandle. The Kiowas and Comanches, who displaced the earlier Apache peoples around 1700, dominated the area until the mid-1870s. By that time buffalo hunters had already established a settlement, called Hidetown or Sweetwater, in the area. The U.S. Army established Fort Elliott near Hidetown in 1875, and the first post office in the Panhandle opened there in 1878. The legislature established Wheeler County, named for Royal T. Wheeler, in 1876. Three years later, the residents of the area petitioned for county organization, which became official on April 12. The small camp of Sweetwater became the first county seat; it was renamed Mobeetie in 1880.

Explore this exhibit: A Wild Land

13,000 Years of cultures smashed by the forces of this region

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