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June Museum School and Saturday Programs
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Kids ages 7 to 11 join us for day camp, June 22-26. Topics include archaeology, Chisholm Trail history, Native American.... More
2015 Regular Hours in Effect
Monday, June 01, 2015
Regular hours take effect April 1st (no joke!) when we return to Thurs/Fri/Sat from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from.... More
2015 Pioneer Days
Friday, November 20, 2015
Nov 20th and 21st, 2015 Annual Pioneer Days featuring historic buildings, Native American museum, cowboys, Terry's Texas Rangers re-enactors, Native.... More
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Big Bear Native American Museum Now Open
12/01/15
The Big Bear Native American Museum opened November 15, 2014 featuring a collection of Native American artifacts donated by Leonard “Big Bear” Beal. Additional artifacts supplement his collection to provide a complete overview of Native Americans in North America from their arrival over 13,000 years ago to the present. Displays feature a wide variety of artifacts including not only projectile.... Read More
June Museum School!
05/27/15
Together with the Layland Museum, we are offering Museum School, five-days of day-camp for kids 7 to 11. Topics include: archaeology, Chisholm Trail history, Native American music, pioneer games, early Cleburne and railroad history. Phone the Layland Museum at 817 645 0940 for info or Pat at the Big Bear Museum 817 793 4625 for info and to sign up!.... Read More
2015 History of Wardville
05/20/15
JOHNSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE The log structure at Wardville is the first courthouse in Johnson County constructed with logs drifted down the Nolan River in 1855 for a cost of $49.00. The courthouse remained at Wardville for two years until it was moved to the new county seat at Buchanan. During the War of Northern Aggression the courthouse was sold to.... Read More
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Chisholm Trail Marker - Precinct 1 Commissioner
Feeder trails from Hillsboro and points east arrived here. Often the main trail north to the Kansas railhead would become overcrowded spreading several miles wide. At this point, the trail boss would send his most experienced rider ahead to pick.... Read More
Did you know?
Scot-Cherokee trader Jesse Chisholm first marked the famous Chisholm Trail in 1864 for his freight wagons. It started at the confluence of the Little and Big Arkansas rivers and went to Jesse Chisholm's trading post, southwest of present day Oklahoma City.

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