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Cross Plains, Texas

Cross Plains was established as a post office in 1877, and was originally known as Turkey Creek and Schleicher. It was probably named for the crossings of the stage coaches and military roads prior to the Civil War. An historic marker is in Treadaway Park where Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant camped with their troops on the banks of Turkey Creek. East and West Caddo Peaks, visible from Texas 36 five miles west of town, were used as landmarks by Indians, soldiers, and government survey crews.

Today, the community has a large trade area with an economy based on farming, ranching, and oil and gas production. Hunting for dove, quail, turkey, and white-tailed deer is excellent in the area.

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Cross Plains Public Library

The library houses a large collection of Robert E. Howard first edition books as well as original manuscripts and Weird Tales magazines (one of the original "pulp fiction" magazines and a major publisher of Howard's works)

Cross Plains, TX Libraries

Things to do near Cross Plains, TX

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and Education Center

This sleek, new facility offers varied and changing exhibits of different media from many eras. This is a cooperative project...

Railroad Museum

Vintage railcars recall nostalgia of train travel. Cars include MK&T diesel switch engine, Texas & Pacific Pullman car, two W...

E. H. Danner Museum of Telephony

Models of telephones from Alexander Graham Bell's "Gallows Frame Phone" (only five ever built) through wooden phones and push...

Holiday Hills Country Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 3 days...

Saints Roost Museum

Housed in former Adair Hospital founded by Cornelia Adair in 1910 for local cowboys, the museum features heirlooms from area ...