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Big Spring, Texas

The seat of Howard County's name was derived from a huge natural spring on the Sulphur Draw that provided water to buffalo, antelope, wild mustangs, and the Comanche and Shawnee Indians. The first white men appeared at the site in 1849. Today, the spring is located at center of city park.

Big Spring is the home of Howard College and the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum, and South west Collegiate Institute for the Deaf.

The heritage walking tour features 26 historic buildings with antique and gift shops, a railroad and train display, and memorabilia, in the Big Spring downtown area.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Potton House

Restored Victorian home of Joseph Potton family, circa 1901; listed in National Register of Historic Places; excellent showcase for turn-of-the-century furnishings. Open Tues. - Sat. 1 - 5 p.m. or by appointment with Heritage Museum.

Big Spring, TX Historic Homes

Vietnam Memorial

Recognizes men and women who served the U.S. in Southeast Asia. Stone is same type used at National Vietnam Memorial in Washing ton, D.C. Displays include a F-4E Phanton II, UH-1 Huey, a tank, and Gold Star Memorial Chapel.

Big Spring, TX Monuments

Comanche Trail Park

Home of spring that gave Big Spring its name; features 6,500-seat Comanche Trail Amphitheater. The 400-acre park offers swimming pool, 18

Big Spring, TX Fun Centers

Heritage Museum

Pioneer and Indian artifacts, art exhibits, and displays of local history and early West Texas. Houses the world's largest collection of Texas Longhorn steer horns. Unique to the Southwest is exhibit of 46 rare and unusual phonographs; late 1800s to 1920

Big Spring, TX Museums


Things to do near Big Spring, TX

Parks

Two city-maintained parks, with shaded picnic facilities, playground equipment, swimming pool and lighted tennis court....

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

Located 30 miles north of Amarillo on Highway 136, contrasting spectacularly with its surroundings on the dry windswept Llano...

Hubbard Creek Lake Boat Ramp Access

Mile-Long Bridge Located west of Breckenridge on US 180 at the west end of the bridge Two-lane lighted, concrete ramp wit...

Boomtown Breckenridge Murals

Winner of the TDA "Best Public Improvement Project" in 1999, this outstanding outdoor collection of mural art inspires the im...

Roaring Springs Depot Museum

This mission-style building with red tile roof was built in 1913 and served as railroad depot until 1971. The city purchased ...