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One Tank Trips: Museum of North Texas History

The Museum of North Texas History has been in Wichita Falls for 16 years. (Source KSWO) The Museum of North Texas History has been in Wichita Falls for 16 years. (Source KSWO)
The military collection spans six rooms of the museum. (Source KSWO) The military collection spans six rooms of the museum. (Source KSWO)
(Source KSWO) (Source KSWO)

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KSWO) -Our One Tank Trip series continues in Wichita Falls with a visit to the Museum of North Texas History.

The museum sits just a couple blocks from the MPEC in downtown Wichita Falls.

Charles Campbell, the executive director of the museum, gave a tour of what they have to offer.

“The museum has been in existence for 16 years. We are the only general history museum in Wichita Falls. Among our permanent collection, you will find the Bill English military collection, our oil and gas area, we have a Native American room and we also have a medical room that is part of our permanent display, mainly because it has something you don't see every day, which is an iron lung," Campbell explained.

The iron lung came from Archer County, and that's the common thread you'll find throughout the museum. The things you see came from North Texas and it all represents how the community was built.

The military collection is the work of a World War II veteran from Wichita Falls who fought at Iwo Jima. It has grown over the years to where it now spans six rooms, which includes a collection of handmade, highly detailed replicas of naval vessels. You'll also see artifacts dating back to the Civil War, as well as those from Iraq and Afghanistan.

In the heritage hall, you'll find a wall of hats. The hats were donated by Clay County native Nat Fleming who ran a western wear store for years, called the Cow Lot. When a customer would buy a new hat, Fleming would keep their old one. He noted every name and collected around 500 hats over five decades. When he closed the store and retired, he donated the hats. The feel of the Old West is enhanced by life-size replicas of store fronts and an old downtown post office.

Guided tours are available, or you can browse at your own pace, and ask questions at your leisure. It's open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

The best part about the museum is admission is free. So, take the short drive to experience it for yourself.

Next time on One Tank Trips, we head to Oklahoma City to a site you've certainly heard of and another you probably haven't.

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