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West of The Pecos Museum, Pecos
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  • The West of the Pecos Museum is actually the historic Orient Hotel. As the story goes, this hotel was once the premier hotel of West Texas. With its early 19th century looks, I'm sure she was a beauty...  more »
  • This was a wonderful spur of the moment side trip. This is sooooooooooo interesting. I felt like I had grown up in this little town by the time I left their museum. Terrific for Texas history fans, ea...  more »
  • This museum has it all! The staff are knowledgable and friendly. Exhibits range from bullet holes in the original saloon to community celebrations. The history of the building itself is worth the stop...  more »
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  • We rented out the courtyard and held our wedding in it this past Saturday April 16, 2016. The courtyard of the museum is beautiful and perfect for what we were wanting! The museum staff is WONDERFUL and helped make sure things went so smoothly. I can't say enough about how happy we were with them! With planning, we have not yet had time to tour the museum itself, but am looking forward to going back and doing that someday. It looks very nice and the people there are just great! Leah (Berry) Speer
  • Very large, well preserved exhibits depicting many time periods. I really enjoyed this museum. Lots and lots of history!
  • Great history - Loved seeing info on my great great grandfather Barney Riggs!
  • Between El Paso and Dallas in the middle of west Texas spaciousness or emptiness, depending on how you see it, is the little Town of Pecos. Pecos is filled with history and lore of the old west and a huge chunk of that history is captured in the West of the Pecos Museum. The dirt parking lot adds to the dusty old west feeling. the museum from outside looks pretty plain. I guess that is authentic, and is most likely how it would have looked over a hundred years ago. The museum is many faceted so I will highlight a few things and ramble a bit, as this museum rambles, up stairs, down stairs, along halls and around corners to reveal history of Pecos and the wild west. The museum starts its tour in a bar with an animated bartender telling stories. I suspect that might have been a starting point for visitors as they got the local news. The bar is simple and a nice recreation of history. As you waltz through the facility on finds recreations of history of Pecos including the doctors office, the western union office, the hair dressers salon (and what a contraption you will see there!), an old home layout - room by room - and lots of local pecos not to far past history. The barbwire collections is big. The arrowhead collection is huge and well displayed. The brands are in so many shapes. The tack collection is minor. The local history from the 20th century, starts to lose appeal for me, as we get to the Belles of Pecos and local trivia. The poster from the banks revealing that they only wanted and would only pay for dead bank robbers caught in the act, with firearms, during the the day, within an hour of the robbery shows an era (1933) where shoot first and ask questions later was a quite different type of justice. All in all it is lot of stuff to see, and some is worth examining in detail and some is good for a glance. Your call! The gift and book store has a very interesting selection of items for unique gifts and reading material. Worth a stop to break the drive from El Paso to Abilene.
  • Wonderful!